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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

People with borderline personality disorder may have the following characteristics:

  • chronic feelings of emptiness and boredom. They may shift from one activity to another in order to fill the emptiness.
  • discomfort with being alone. They may even fake an illness to prevent someone from leaving.
  • impulsive behavior. They may drive recklessly, shoplift, and have episodes of binge eating.
  • intense and unstable relationships with others. They may shift back and forth from loving to hating someone or make and break friendships often.
  • intense anger and inability to control it. Someone with this disorder may frequently start fights or arguments.
  • a poor and shifting sense of who they are. For example, they may shift their goals or values constantly.
  • rapid and intense mood swings. For example, a person with BPD may change from total happiness to depression and thoughts of suicide.
  • tendency to harm themselves. This may include suicide attempts or intentional self-harm.

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 06/15/01

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