Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a serious personality disorder in which a person evidences a pattern of instability.  In addition to a number of neurotic defense mechanisms, people with borderline personality disorder also employ two psychotic (out of touch with reality) defense mechanisms.  These are splitting, also known as disassociation, and primitive denial, which is an inability to distinguish one’s current reality form the feeling the individual is having at this moment. 

People with borderline personality disorder will often evidence several of the following characteristics:

  • Frantic efforts to avoid abandonment
  • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
  • Unstable self-image or sense of self
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger
  • Paranoid thoughts

The features of borderline personality disorder can seriously impair a marriage relationship and can also seriously limit one’s ability to capably parent children.  If your spouse evidences signs of a borderline personality disorder and you are contemplating a divorce or dissolution, you will need the services of a law firm that truly understands the implications of this disorder and that can guide you to wise decisions about your families’ future. 

At Edward F. Whipps & Associates we have decades of experience in handling cases where one of the parties has borderline personality disorder.  We know how to be sure that it will be properly established on terms that the court will understand and appreciate.  We also know how to structure legal approaches that meet client’s and their children’s psychological needs while also keeping in mind the psychological problems of others.


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