(last updated 15 Jan 2012)
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complex mental disorder involving multiple syptoms and maladaptive behaviour. People suffering with BPD will experience distressing emotional states. They are often overcome with strong overwhelming emotions, which can be triggered by very minor life occurrences.
Those suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder struggle with their identity and self worth, have difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviour and have long standing problems with relationships. Sufferers are often misunderstood, pushing loved ones away as they struggle with feelings of abandonment, loneliness, desperation, helplessness and fear.
BPD sufferers can behave impulsively and recklessly. Some examples may include binge eating, reckless driving, substance use, unsafe sex or sex with strangers or excessive spending. BPD sufferers also self harm, as they express their self-hate.
The first signs and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder generally appear during mid-adolescence through to young adulthood (15-23) and approximately 80% of people diagnosed with the condition are females.
With early detection and treatment, outcomes are positive for sufferers of BPD.
The Hills Clinic offers a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy program for people suffering with BPD. For further information about DBT program click here