Square peg round hole?
Do you feel that you don’t fit in?
Clinicians and healthcare professionals predominantly refer to the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders) to diagnose mental health illness. There are nine criteria listed that healthcare professionals will refer to in order to make a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). To meet the criteria for a diagnosis of BPD there need to be five out of nine of these symptoms or traits present for a prolonged period of time.
One of the nine criteria listed refers to ‘identity disturbance’. Here it is:
Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
The National Institute of Mental Health refer to this as ‘Distorted and unstable self-image or sense of self, which can result in sudden changes in feelings, opinions, values, or plans and goals for the future, such as school or career choices’.
To see the list of all nine criteria please visit our About BPD page here