Borderline Personality Disorder

Clinically Reviewed by: Dr. Robin Campbell, LMFT, PHD

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that is indicated by unstable moods, unregulated emotions, and disruptive behaviors. Therefore borderline personality disorder impacts a person’s self-image and their relationships with others. Intense anger and frequent mood swings may lead to the risk of suicide and self-harm.

Although borderline personality disorder affects only 2% of adults, more than 75% of those diagnosed are women. BPD is typically diagnosed in young adulthood when it is usually at its most severe. Therapy is quite effective in treating BPD patients and helping them to lead successful lives.

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder typically impacts a person’s sense of identity and therefore individuals with BPD exhibit some or all of the following symptoms.

Causes and Risk Factors of Borderline Personality Disorder

The causes of borderline personality disorder are not known, as with most other mental health disorders.

Genetics are suggested as one possible cause of BPD, where individuals with a family history of borderline personality disorder are more prone to be diagnosed with BPD.

Environmental factors such as childhood trauma, physical or sexual abuse, abandonment or neglect from parents may lead to borderline personality disorder.

Impaired brain functions due to reduced serotonin may lead to unregulated emotions, impulsive moods, and aggressive behaviors.

Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder

Treatment can be successful for most patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.


Commonly known as talk therapy, all forms of psychotherapy, including group therapy and family therapy, have been seen as the most effective treatment for borderline personality disorder.

Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps treat BPD. Specialized CBT treatments including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) have been specifically developed for borderline personality disorder.

Medical Treatment

Medications may sometimes be prescribed to regulate the brain’s neurotransmitters, especially if the individual is diagnosed with co-occurring mental health issues such as depression or PTSD.

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Symptoms exhibited by individuals with borderline personality disorder can be disturbing to their family and friends. Some suicidal behaviors such as cutting and other self-injury can be risky and need immediate attention.

If you recognize the symptoms discussed above in yourself or your loved one, seek help right away at 866-806-1027 to obtain a diagnosis. Treatment is certainly available and effective for borderline personality disorder, allowing most individuals with BPD to go on to live happy, successful lives. Contact New Hope Healthcare to ask how we can help!

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