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Borderline Personality Disorder

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Originally doctors thought it was a border between neurotic and psychotic illness. It is characterized by quick mood changes and chaotic personal relationships. People who have borderline personality disorder are usually impulsive and engage in activities which are high risk and can cause harm to themselves or to others.
The sociopath is a term used for a person who suffers from antisocial personality disorder. This is a serious personality disorder which shows many of the same symptoms as borderline and other personality disorders, but usually in a more extreme form and with a marked disregard for the feelings of other people. The person lacks a sense of right and wrong and often resorts to criminal activity.
Affective instability is a term used to describe the swiftly changing emotional state of someone suffering from some personality disorders. Sufferers and their families undergo a rollercoaster of extreme emotions, often lasting only a few hours at a time.
Micropsychotic phenomena are short-lived delusions, hallucinations or thoughts which result in odd behaviour but the patient does have an insight of them, unlike schizophrenic delusions, of which the patient has no real understanding or awareness.
The film is narrated by a young woman of about 18 years old called Susanna Kayson, played by Winona Ryder, and it opens with her admission to hospital following an overdose of both alcohol and over the counter drugs. The film is set in the 1960’s and so it is to be expected that some of the issues are being presented with a historical perspective. Treatment options, and the layout and strict organization of the hospital, for example, appear old-fashioned, and it is likely that many aspects of mental health theory and practice have changed in America in the last thirty or forty years.
From the start, there is a question in the narrator’s, and also in the viewer’s mind regarding just how ill this person is.