Amy Borderline Personality Disorder

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Amy fits 6 of the 7 diagnostic criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder. “Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest” is one criterion that Amy fits because she has committed many acts throughout her life in which she could have been arrested for. For example, she has stolen money from her husband on multiple occasions to save up for when she will go missing. Stealing money from another person goes against social norms, as this would typically be an action that would result in a penalty or arrest. She was also arrested for assault and framing someone for her own disappearance, meaning she has difficulty following the law. Amy’s actions …show more content…

For example, Amy displays frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment throughout her life. When Amy believed her husband might leave her for another woman, she went to extreme measures to avoid abandonment by setting up a whole plan of her going missing so that he would have to stay with her once she returned. Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder often have a persistent unstable self-image or sense of self. Ever since Amy was a child, she struggled with who she was supposed to be in accordance with Amazing Amy. As an adult, she does not have a full grasp on her identity and who she is as an individual. Amy appears to have chronic feelings of emptiness; she does not have many friends or a meaning in life. She displays a flat affect that does not change unless she is attempting to manipulate someone for her own means. Lastly, another criterion for BPD is intense anger or difficulty controlling anger. Amy gets upset easily when interacting with others and has frequent displays of anger (which typically include plotting to frame them of a crime or hurting them). Although she does not meet full criteria, it is highlighted on her treatment plan as it is interfering and interrupting with her intrapersonal and interpersonal …show more content…

Although she does display some attention-seeking behaviors (e.g. enjoying seeing herself as missing on the news and signed autographs for hours once she was back from being “missing”), she is not suggestible, show exaggerated emotions, overly sexual or use physical appearance to show attention to self. The main way that Amy draws attention to herself is by mistreating others and making it look as if others have hurt her (e.g. she enjoys seeing herself on the news only because she enjoys seeing her husband look

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