Borderline Personality Disorder-Topic Overview
Everyone has problems with emotions or behaviours sometimes. But if you have borderline personality disorder, the problems are severe, repeat over a long time, and disrupt your life. The most common symptoms include:
- Intense emotions and mood swings.
- Harmful, impulsive behaviours. These may include things like substance abuse, binge eating, out-of-control spending, risky sexual behaviour, and reckless driving.
- Relationship problems. You may see others as either “good” or “bad” and may shift from one view to the other suddenly, for minor reasons. This can make relationships very difficult.
- Low self-worth.
- A frantic fear of being left alone (abandoned). This fear may lead to frantic attempts to hold on to those around you. Or it may cause you to reject others before they can reject you.
- Aggressive behavior.
Other symptoms may include:
- Feeling empty inside.
- Problems with anger, such as violent temper tantrums
- Hurting yourself, such as cutting or burning yourself.
- suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts.
- Times when you feel paranoid or lose a sense of reality (psychosis).
It’s easy to confuse this disorder with other mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder.