Walking On Eggshells: Parents Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder Impact On Their Children’s Development
O'Hara, Taylor C.
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Children with parents that suffer from a personality disorder often suffer long-lasting effects and are at a higher risk for developing a personality disorder and those whose parents have other mental illnesses or do not suffer from a mental illness altogether. These children are often neglected and their needs are not being met by the parent that has been diagnosed. Borderline Personality Disorder is a disorder that is characterized by the inability to manage one’s emotions effectively. Relationships are often directly affected and experience a troubling and difficult road to understanding and recovery. Children are among those that are the most affected as they do what is necessary to retain the relationship with that parent. Common effects include the increase of behavioral disorders, a higher risk for developing BPD or other psychiatric disorders, low self-esteem, suicidal ideations and emotional disturbances. By having a parent that suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder, the child is negatively affected emotionally, mentally, and intellectually.