Mental health disorders

Borderline personality disorder

About Borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that causes someone to have life-long problems with unstable emotions that get in the way of day-to-day life, school or work, and relationships. Researchers don't know exactly what causes borderline personality disorder, but it tends to be more common in people who were abandoned or abused during childhood or had other major family disruptions. People with borderline personality disorder have

  • Extreme emotions that can go back and forth very quickly
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Frequent inappropriate anger
  • Impulsive behaviors, especially around substance abuse or sex
  • Frequent personal crises, and self-injurious behavior or threats of such behavior

Psychiatrists diagnose borderline personality disorder based on a psychological assessment. The most effective treatment is a type of therapy called dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and some people also find medications helpful for issues with mood.

Symptoms of Borderline personality disorder
  • Extreme emotions that can go back and forth very quickly
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Frequent inappropriate anger
  • Impulsive behaviors, especially around substance abuse or sex
  • Frequent personal crises, and self-injurious behavior or threats of such behavior

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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Borderline personality disorder

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • get DBT
  • Everything's going to be ok. A lot of people will not understand you including family and mental health professionals. Use crisis chat lines or even chat lines dedicated to BPD.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Writing
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • therapy
  • Talking to someone. Exercise. Deep breathing.