Signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder
When suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) it is common to have difficulties controlling your thoughts and emotions, behaving in an impulsive and reckless way and having unstable relationships with other people. In other words, having BPD affects how you think and feel about yourself, how you behave and how you interact with others. It is common for people with BPD to also suffer from other mental disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders or substance abuse.
People with BPD are often good at hiding their problems at work or school. Instead it is much more obvious in intimate relationships and in difficulties in taking care of yourself when you are alone. BPD is fairly common and it is estimated that 1% of the population suffers from the disorder.
Common signs and symptoms when suffering from BPD
You are afraid of being abandoned and have difficulties dealing with separations. In a close personal relationship you can go to great lengths to make sure you will not be abandoned and can become very demanding.
How you act, feel and behave towards others shifts back and forth. One minute you feel intense admiration and the next you think degrading thoughts about a person, especially in intimate relationships. Others may experience you as unreliable, uncaring or aggressive.
You may develop unstable self-images or sense of self, e.g. some may believe that they are worthless while others believe they are invincible.
You are impulsive and this is often manifested through misuse of sex, alcohol, drugs, food and/or money.
You may have attempted suicide or hurt yourself (like cutting yourself) as a way to deal with your feelings or get attention.
Your emotions are unstable. You react to what happens to you very strongly and have a tendency to act on your emotions. Your sense of whom you are and your values, goals and plans change dramatically.
You experience chronic feelings of emptiness.
You easily act aggressively and have difficulties restraining your feelings of anger.
You may have feelings of unreality, out-of-body experiences and blackouts that are not alcohol-related. If you are experiencing psychotic episodes these are usually short and marked by feelings of being persecuted.
This borderline test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.
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