What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

It is often assumed that borderline means a 'marginal but not full blown disorder', but the name comes from the fact that it was originally thought to be on the 'border-line' between psychosis and neurosis.
People with BPD experience difficulty in regulating their emotions.
What are the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder?
People with BPD experience some or all of the following:
These symptoms impact seriously on their lives and their relationships with others. They are often blamed for their symptoms and can be seen as attention seeking or manipulative, however they are not at fault and require professional treatment.
What causes Borderline Personality Disorder?
The causes of BPD are unclear it is however thought that traumatic experiences in early life are common in people with BPD. People with BPD often experience other disorders such as:
How many people develop Borderline Personality Disorder?

It is thought that up to 2% of people will develop BPD at some time in their lives. Women are three times more likely to be affected than men.

Recovery strategies for those with Borderline Personality Disorder?
How is Borderline Personality Disorder treated?

Treatment can help some people manage, reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of BPD. Currently the most effective treatments are:

Psychotherapy: Support and behavioural strategies are the cornerstone of treatment for people with BPD, which include:

Medications: are prescribed for specific symptoms.

As BPD often occurs with mood disorders, (including bipolar disorder and depression), eating disorders and misuse of alcohol and/or other drugs, it is essential that these conditions are recognized and treated.

Further Information about Personality Disorders available from:

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
P.O. Box 10051,
Dominion Road,
81 New North Road,
Eden Terrace,
Tel: 09 300 7010 Fax: 09 300 7020
Resource Centre Tel: 09 300 7030
E-mail: resource@mentalhealth.org.nz
Web: www.mentalhealth.org.nz
Other websites providing information on Personality Disorders:

Borderline Personality Disorder Central

Resource for those affected by their own or another's Borderline Personality Disorder.

Health-Center Com
Personality Disorders Site.
Mental Help Net
An international website with data on most mental illnesses.
National Institute of Mental Health
An excellent U.S. based site with information on Borderline Personality Disorder.
SANE Australia
An Australian charity helping people affected by mental illness, including Personality Disorder.


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