Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious illness characterised by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self image, and behaviour. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long -term planning, and the individual`s sense of self –identity. Originally thought to be at the “Borderline” of psychosis, people with BPD suffer from a disorder of emotion regulation. While less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), BPD is more common, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women. There is a high rate of self-injury without suicide intent, as well as a significant rate of suicide attempts and completed suicide in severe cases. Patients often need extensive mental health services, and account for 20 percent of psychiatric hospitalisations. Yet, with help, may improve over time and are eventually able to live productive lives.

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