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H and W were happily married for 24 years. A variety of life

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H and W were happily married for 24 years. A variety of life events led to W suffering from severe depression in the 25th year of marriage. During that time, she engaged in bpd behavior toward H - abusive one day, apologetic and loving the next, repeated over and over, ultimately leading to divorce. Can severe depression cause bpd conduct even if the person is not diagnosed as bpd? If this conduct did not take place before the onset of depression, is there any other mental health explanation
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Personality disorders such as BPD are usually developed during childhood. Personality disorders are typically ingrained behaviors that someone takes on, usually in response to being raised in a dysfunctional home. The person could not get their needs met (for unconditional love and attention) so they developed other ways to get what they needed which usually involved dysfunctional behaviors. When they grew up, they continued these behaviors even when they were no longer needed.
Because of how personality disorders are developed, it would be very difficult for a person to suddenly develop one as an adult. They are too much a part of someone's personality from an early age to suddenly show up when someone is older. Therefore, it is likely that W already had some traits of the disorder but that they were so mild that they were not noticeable. But when she became severely depressed, these traits became magnified.
It is also possible that W develop these personality traits as a way to cope with the depression and that they were not related to a personality disorder. Everyone reacts differently to an illness such as depression. It could be that the only way she could cope was to take her feelings out on H and could not stop. It could have appeared to be like BPD but was actually due to coping issues.
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