With the help of our institute’s dedicated treatment team, it is possible to learn to manage borderline personality disorder symptoms and live a healthier, happier life.
What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that’s characterized by unstable moods, self-image, and difficulty managing behavior and emotions. These symptoms often cause impulsive actions and interpersonal relationships issues.
Outcomes can be very good for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder, especially if they are actively involved in treatment. With CTI’s specialized therapy, most patients with BPD will find that their symptoms have reduced drastically and their lives enhanced.
There are 9 specific diagnostic symptoms for borderline personality disorder. To be diagnosed with BPD, you must meet 5 of the 9 criteria.
Borderline Personality Disorder Test
Do you often feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster? Do you struggle with intense relationships? If so, you may be wondering if you have borderline personality disorder or other mental disorders. BPD is a condition that affects how people interact with others and the world around them. It can be difficult to diagnose, but we created a short borderline personality disorder test to help discover if you have Borderline Personality Disorder
BPD Test Online
This FREE test allows you to learn more about your personality type, and help you make a decision on whether you should seek the help of a licensed mental health professional. This quiz is not a diagnostic tool and is only meant for helping you understand if you may have bpd symptoms, but only a doctor licensed mental health professional can diagnose borderline personality disorder.
What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?
There is no one single cause of BPD. Rather, it is thought to be the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For example, BPD may be more common in people who have a family member with the disorder. BPD is also more common in people who have experienced childhood trauma or abuse during childhood.
BPD can be a very difficult disorder to live with. But there is hope. With treatment, many people with BPD are able to manage their symptoms and live happy and healthy lives. If you think you might have BPD, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. They can give you an accurate diagnosis and help you find the treatment that’s right for you.
What are the 9 symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder?
- Fear of Abandonment: Whether it’s a family member, friend, or partner, we all want to feel loved and appreciated. For those with borderline personality disorder that fear of real or imagined abandonment is heightened because they have low self esteem and an intense need for reassurance when their relationships are in danger. This can lead them into frantic efforts and unhealthy behaviors like constant phone calls seeking validation from the other person while also avoiding confrontation so there isn’t any chance of being abandoned again.
- Unstable Relationships: There are many symptoms of borderline personality disorder, and one symptom is fear or distrust and an unstable self image. This can prevent them from forming quality relationships with other people because they may think that their friends want to abandon them. There are different ways in which someone who suffers from BPD could react when it seems like an abandonment has occurred – for example, by feeling worthless or blaming themselves completely even though the friend did not intend any harm towards the sufferer. This can affect both romantic relationships and friendships.
- Unclear or Fluctuating Self Image: The feeling of self-hate is prominent in those with borderline personality disorder. These people may love themselves on some days, but then hate what they are the next day and have a different idea about who they want to be or think that he/she is evil. As this happens repeatedly, it can lead them down many paths including changing jobs or friends which will make life more difficult for them as an individual without stability from their own sense of self.
- Impulsive, Self Destructive Behavior: Borderline personality disorder is characterized by impulsive behaviors that are often dangerous. Some examples of this include spending sprees, unsafe sex, substance abuse and reckless driving to name a few. It’s important for people living with borderline personality disorder or those around them to recognize when these behaviors occur during elevated moods because they may be signs of another mental health condition.
- Self Harm: Nonsuicidal self-injury, or NSSI for short, is recurrent suicidal behavior in which a person deliberately damages their own body. Cutting and burning the skin are two common forms of recurrent suicidal behaviors. The term was coined by those who study these types of acts to distinguish it from suicidal behavior; while some people who engage in this type of activity struggle with mixed feelings about its intent, studies have shown that most do not intend on killing themselves when they harm themselves like this.
- Extreme Emotional Swings: People with Borderline Personality Disorder experience mood swings that are more intense and frequent than the typical person, often lasting several hours or even days or weeks like in other mental health disorders such as depression. If your mood shifts from feeling good to feeling devastated for no apparent reason, it might be time to talk about what’s going on inside so we can get these feelings under control so you can lead a healthy, positive life.
- Chronic Feelings of Emptiness: Emptiness can be a range of emotions, including loneliness or sadness. These feelings are normal when they come from difficult life events such as trauma and loss. However, if these feelings outlast the stressful circumstances or become chronic and impact your everyday functioning it’s possible that you have an underlying mental health condition like Borderline Personality Disorder.
- Explosive Anger: Borderline personality disorder can manifest in inappropriate, intense rage that often lasts for hours to days. Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by an inability to regulate emotions and return to baseline quickly after they escalate into a fever pitch of intense anger or sadness. These extreme mood swings last longer than expected; often up to several weeks on average before the person returns their moods back down from a state of outrage (or depression).
- Feeling Suspicious & Out of Touch: Borderline personality disorder causes people to struggle with paranoid or very suspicious ideas about others’ motives. When under stress, they may even lose touch of reality and have an experience called dissociation; which feels like foggy, spaced-out feelings in a sense that you are outside your own body.
Severe dissociative symptoms can also happen which can make it hard to remember things or feel like you are in touch with reality. People with BPD may also experience hallucinations or delusions.
Many people with borderline personality disorder also experience intense episodes of anxiety or depression. These episodes can last for hours or days and can be so severe that you may feel like you are going crazy.
Suicide Prevention Resources
If you are having suicidal suicidal thoughts or are thinking about self injurious behavior, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to talk to a trained counselor and get emotional support. If you or your loved ones are in immediate danger, call 911 for help.
Borderline Personality Disorder Stats
An estimated 1.4% of adults in the US experiences Borderline Personality Disorder. Nearly 75% of people that have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder are women. There has been recent research that implies that men actually may be equally affected by BPD, but unfortunately they are commonly misdiagnosed as having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or simply depression.
Other Mental Health Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder often occurs with other mental illness and mental health disorders such as binge eating or other eating disorders, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder. Symptoms of BPD may overlap with other mental health conditions.
Talk to a Mental Health Professional Today!
Borderline personality disorder is a lifelong condition that can cause tremendous damage if left untreated. During times of increased stress or external pressures (work, family, a new relationship, etc.), the symptoms of the personality disorder may begin to seriously interfere with emotional and psychological functioning.
Our personality disorders treatment program helps clients identify unhealthy ways of relating to others, so you can learn ways to break these patterns, and better manage stress and triggers.