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It’s normal to feel nervous and awkward in some social situations?

Going on a first date or giving a presentation may give you that uncomfortable feeling of having butterflies in your stomach, for instance.  For some people, though, common, everyday social situations cause extreme anxiety, fear and self-consciousness, and they may become impossible to engage in.

You may go to great lengths and come up with many excuses to avoid dating or giving presentations. You may not even be able to eat with acquaintances or write a check at the grocery store, let alone go to a party with lots of strangers.

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CHILD ABUSE: A Cause of Borderline Personality Disorder?

Traumatic events in childhood — such as physical or sexual abuse — increase the risk of Borderline Personality Disorder and other personality disorders.  But the exact cause of borderline personality disorder isn’t known.  Most likely, it’s caused by a combination of heredity and environmental factors.

Borderline personality disorder is a serious emotional disturbance that’s characterized by unsatisfactory and unstable personal relationships, intense anger, impulsive actions, feelings of emptiness, and real or imagined fears of abandonment.  It may be that emotional trauma at a time when the brain isn’t fully developed alters something in the brain that decreases the ability to effectively deal with subsequent stressful situations.

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