Borderline Personality Disorder
In men, borderline personality disorder is more likely to co-occur with disorders such as substance abuse or antisocial personality disorder.
Women with borderline personality disorder are more likely to have co-occurring disorders such as major depression, anxiety disorders, or eating disorders.
Borderline personality disorder, or BPD as it is known it its abbreviated term, is a serious mental illness characterized by unstable moods, behaviour, and relationships.
A personality disorder is a type of mental illness and to be diagnosed particular criteria must be met. With personality disorders, the symptoms have usually been present for a long time. These symptoms will have an overall negative affect on the sufferer’s life.
The symptoms of BPD can occur in a variety of combinations and someone with BPD may have many, if not all, of the following traits
- Fears of abandonment
- Impulsive behaviour
- Extreme mood swings
- Self-injuring acts
- Difficulty maintaining relationships
- Suicidal ideation
- Unstable self-image
- Transient psychotic episodes
- Difficulty managing emotions
It is imortant that you do not attempt to self diagnose, only a mental health professional can diagnose BPD after a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, this will more than likely be more than one evaluation and over a period of time in order to make a sound diagnosis. Research shows that once properly diagnosed, BPD can be effectively treated and that many people who continue with their treatment improve over time.
When was BPD considered to be a ‘diagnosable’ and treatable illness?
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) listed borderline personality disorder as a diagnosable mental illness for the first time in 1980, within the third edition (DSM-III).
BPD is one of ten personality disorders recognised by the DSM. Most psychiatrists and other mental health professionals use the DSM to diagnose mental illnesses. Alongside the DSM, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is increasingly used in clinical care and research to define diseases and study disease patterns, as well as manage health care, monitor outcomes and allocate resources.
As the years progress more and more individuals are coming forward to share their stories and experiences of this disorder, raising awareness and understanding. The outcome for those with a Borderline Personality Disorder is becoming increasingly more encouraging.
On this page we present you with some information about BPD, if you would like to read our full page about BPD please visit our ‘About BPD’ page here.
You can access this free 21 page brochure on Borderline Personality Disorder created by the National Institute of Mental Health. An easy and informative read that covers the broad spectrum of topics from diagnosis to the treatment and self help guidance for those who think they may fit the criteria for BPD. Click the image to the right to access that booklet.
This video by Ofir Sasson delivers some of the rather dark and difficult disturbances caused by Borderline thinking in a tongue in cheek manner. To get the most out of this video please switch to ‘full screen’ when in play mode by clicking the far lower right corner of the video. Enjoy watching ‘Borderline Bill’!