If you have, or suspect you have, borderline personality disorder (BPD), you probably feel as though your world is unstable and unpredictable — not just because of the intense unstable emotional outbursts or turbulent relationships – but also because your sense of who you are changes frequently. Your self-image, your goals, even your likes and dislikes, may change frequently in ways that can feel confusing. Adding in symptoms like hallucinations and dissociation, it feels like this instability might never end.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of ten recognised personality disorders. It is an illness that causes extreme and/or intense emotions, which are often difficult to control, and it can also cause anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, trust and abandonment issues and more. Visit the following pages to read on to find out more about BPD.
What is BPD?
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is also sometimes known as emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD). We all experience difficulties with our relationships, self-image and emotions throughout our lives.
But you might be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder if these feel consistently unstable or intense, or if they cause you significant problems in your daily life.Read more
What are the symptoms?
If you feel you may have some of the symptoms listed, or other symptoms that concern you, you should visit your GP and discuss how you are feeling.
This will begin the process of diagnosis. There are physical conditions which could cause similar symptoms, so it is important to seek medical advice so these can be ruled out with blood tests or other physical checks).Read more
What are the treatments?
Treatment for BPD usually consists of a combination of medication and a form of psychological therapy.
Your mental health professional may prescribe mood stabilisers or antipsychotics, which can help with mood swings, psychotic symptoms (hallucinations or delusions) or to help reduce impulsive behaviour.