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What All You Need To Know About Borderline Personality Disorder
April 08, 2022


Borderline personality disorder makes it difficult for individuals to process and manage their emotions. This personality disorder also includes changes in mood, self-image issues and behavioural changes. In addition, It also gives rise to a feeling of insecurity and instability. Borderline personality disorder symptoms cause an individual to give in to impulsive thoughts; this results in relationship problems with family members, friends, and significant others.

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Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms

Living with a borderline personality disorder might appear slightly different for those around. These borderline personality disorder symptoms, as described by the National Institute of Mental Health, include:

●    Indulging in self-harm, such as cutting
●    A pattern of unstable and intense relationships with loved ones
●    Avoid abandonment by either leaving an individual first or rushing into a physical or emotional relationship with others. 
●    Distorted and unstable self-image.
●    Impulsive behaviour such as indulging in unsafe sexual acts, splurging sprees, driving recklessly, binging on food or drinks, or others
●    Feeling empty all the time.
●    Lack of trust and doubt about the intentions of others
●    Anger issues include intense, irrational anger that is often uncontrollable.
●    A feeling of dissociation from self
●    Quick and intense changes in mood
●    Suicidal ideation

An individual with a borderline personality disorder may experience a few or all the symptoms; certain people or events also trigger these. The majority of these symptoms overlap with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Thus, it is important to visit a mental health professional for a borderline personality disorder test to avoid misdiagnosis. Accurate diagnosis is the first step toward effective treatment. 

Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis

Mental health professionals equipped to diagnose borderline personality disorder include:

●    Psychologist
●    Psychiatrist
●    Clinical social worker

These mental health p[rofessional will typically diagnose borderline personality disorder through:

●    Ask about one’s symptoms and other things pertinent to one's physical and psychological health.
●    Ask about family history and past mental health conditions.

Diagnosing borderline personality disorder is challenging because it usually co-occurs with depression and anxiety. Also, there are no borderline personality disorder tests that can support the diagnosis. 

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

A mental health professional may recommend medication, psychotherapy or inpatient treatment at a health and wellness centre


Psychotherapy typically is the primary borderline personality disorder treatment. The following types of therapies could be advised-

●    Cognitive behavioural therapy helps an individual recognise and change negative behaviours, beliefs and inaccurate perceptions one has about themselves and those around them. It also teaches an individual a healthy coping style to deal with triggers. 

●    Dialectical behaviour therapy helps individuals identify, intellectualise and accept their behaviours and beliefs. One can even learn to respond better to others. 

●    Schema-focused therapy helps an individual view themselves and the world around them in a positive manner.


Medications help alleviate the symptoms of borderline personality disorders. A combination of medication and psychotherapy improves mood and reduces depression. Commonly prescribed medications include:

●    Antidepressants for the treatment of depression
●    Antipsychotics for the treatment of aggressive symptoms
●    Anti Anxiety medicines for the treatment of anxiety

One of the most important steps one can take is seeking a timely borderline personality disorder and sticking by it. If you feel the treatment is not working for you at any point, discuss the alternate options with your mental health professional.

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