Symptom: Suicidal thoughts
While not an official symptom of borderline, Dr. Oldham points out there’s a high rate of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in the BPD population. In fact, a whopping 8 to 10% of BPD patients commit suicide, a rate that’s 400 times the national average. “The risk is higher in these patients because they can be impulsive,” Dr. Oldham says. “So instead of being so depressed they can’t get out of bed, they might really see suicide as the only logical solution to stop the pain.”
So, do I have BPD?
To be diagnosed with BPD, you need to identify with two of these characteristics:
- Low self esteem
- Avoiding thinking about the future
- Trouble empathizing
- Chaotic relationships
And four of these symptoms, with at least one being uncontrollable anger, impulsivity, or risk-taking:
- Overwhelming anxiety
- Fear of abandonment
- Frequent mood swings
- Uncontrollable anger
- Risk taking
If you’re still not sure, talk to your doctor or make an appointment with a psychologist.