What is borderline personality disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is one of the several personality disorders acknowledged by the American Psychiatric Association.
Personality disorders involve unhealthy patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings that usually begin in adolescence and early adulthood and persist for years. Left untreated, a personality disorder causes problems in the patient’s life, particularly in forming and maintaining relationships.
Someone who has borderline personality disorder often has pervasive patterns of changing moods, behavior, and self-image. These patterns affect how they think, feel, and behave towards themselves and others, causing rifts in relationships.
The symptoms of borderline personality disorder
People with BPD may have mood swings and uncertainties about themselves and their role in society. They also tend to see the extremes (i.e., all good, all bad) and suddenly change their opinion of others (i.e., friend today, traitor tomorrow). These shifts in thoughts and feelings could result in unstable relationships.