Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a psychiatric condition where a person has unstable moods, behavior and relationships that is estimated to affect over 1.6 million people in the US alone. Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, often co-occurs with other disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse or eating disorders, and can be extreme, with elements of suicidal behavior and other self harm.

People with borderline personality often have the following symptoms:

  • Extreme behaviors and reactions, including rage, depression, panic, to being abandonment, real or perceived
  • Reckless or impulsive behavior
  • Trouble with regulating their thoughts and emotions
  • Instability with family or other relationships
  • Distorted self image, feeling fundamentally flawed or worthless
  • Anger, mood swings
  • Feeling emptiness, boredom
  • Trouble controlling anger, or inappropriate angry reactions
  • Paranoid thoughts, or dissociation symptoms as if losing touch with reality

Some of the risk factors for Borderline personality disorder include having a family member who had BPD, and or abuse and neglect. If you or a loved one are displaying symptoms of BPD, the best course of action is to contact your family doctor or local mental health professional.