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Borderline Personality Disorder

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health condition that affects how a person manages their emotions. Difficulties in emotion regulation can lead to high levels of distress and impulsivity which can negatively impact their relationships with themselves and others. 

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Efforts to avoid real or perceived abandonment, such as plunging headfirst into relationships - or ending them just as quickly. 
  • A pattern of intense and unstable relationships with family, friends, and loved ones. 
  • An unstable self-image or sense of self. 
  • Impulsive behaviours such as spending sprees, unsafe sex, substance misuse, reckless driving and binge eating. 
  • Self-harming behaviour. 
  • Recurring thoughts of suicidal behaviours or threats. 
  • Intense and highly variable moods, with episodes lasting from a few hours to a few days. 
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness. 
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or problems controlling anger. 
  • Feelings of dissociation, such as feeling cut off from oneself, observing oneself from outside one's body, or feelings of unreality.