The good news is there is hope. BPD is treatable. However, it is useful to know if you fall into a subtype in order to better communicate with your mental health professional. You may not know where you fall, and you may not fall into one of those categories–that’s okay. What’s important is that you understand your diagnosis, in order to improve the outcome of treatment.
According to Wikipedia, psychologist Theodore Millon identified four subtypes of borderline personality disorder (BPD). They are:
- discouraged borderline–includes avoidant, depressive or dependent behaviors
- impulsive borderline–includes antisocial or approval-seeking behaviors
- petulant borderline–includes passive-aggressive behaviors
- self-destructive borderline–includes depressive or self-destructive behaviors
A person with BPD may have none, one, or more than one of these subtypes. I believe I fall under the discouraged and self-destructive subtypes.