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Author Topic: At what age does BPD manifest?  (Read 184 times)
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« on: January 05, 2015, 12:03:27 PM »

Does BPD manifest or get worse in the early twenties?
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2015, 12:13:27 PM »

Does BPD manifest or get worse in the early twenties?

I've read in many places that it typically manifests itself in the early 20s.  Although I have seen stories online about persons getting diagnosed with BPD in their teens.  I think the general rule is that you're not supposed to diagnose it to someone under 18, in part because so many teens act in erratic ways and it would be difficult to sort out this noise.

From personal experience, the mother of my BPDex said that my BPDex was sweet as can be until her early 20s, and then for some reason (which her mother hadn't identified) the attitude, entitlement, and verbal abuse began. 

 
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2015, 12:26:56 PM »

There are many factors influencing the severity of maladaptive behaviors.  As Tim stated, the onset of BPD does primarily happen during young adult hood. Identifying maladaptive traits (negative affectivity, impulsivity, etc.) at an earlier age helps with treatment. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2015, 03:51:05 PM »

I recently came across a preschool report card of my wife's.  Clearly some of the BPD behaviors were already developing.  It said she was overly emotional for seemingly no reason, had to be in charge and make her opinion known, and did not work well with others.
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