Borderline Personality Disorder

(Also Known As: BPD, Borderline, Personality Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Narcissist, Narcissistic)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterized by disturbed personality function with variable mood changes and mood swings. The disturbed sense of self of the person with the Borderline Personality Disorder often results in a negative impact on the psychosocial aspects of an individual; such as keeping good relationships at work, home, school, or other social environments. In extreme cases, Borderline Personality Disorder can lead to dissociation.

Borderline Personality Disorder is often obvious during the early stage of adolescence and young adulthood. The symptoms of the condition are notable among children and teenagers but health providers discourage making the diagnosis before the individual reaches the age of 18. This is because the personality of a person only begins to develop before the age of 18. In cases where the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder are highly obvious in persons younger than 18 years old the DSM IV establishes criteria where the symptoms must be persistent for at least 1 year before the diagnosis for Borderline Personality Disorder can be established.1

A person with Borderline Personality Disorder is possibly at risk of developing mood disorders, substance-related disorders, eating disorders such as Bulimia Nervosa, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other personality disorders. Suicide attempts are fairly common among those with Borderline Personality Disorder who are not receiving the proper care and treatment for the condition. Over time, Borderline Personality Disorder can improve as an individual obtains proper treatment with the majority obtaining full recovery.

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Related Conditions

Bulimia Nervosa – Binge Eating, Purging, Excessive Eating, Uncontrolled Eating
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Uncontrollable Fears, Irrational Worry, Anxiety, Negative Anticipations
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Compulsive Behavior, Obsessive, Recurrent and Persistent Thoughts
Social Anxiety Disorder – Abnormal Distress, Excessive Social Anxiety, Impaired Ability to Function, Fear of Embarrassment and Humiliation