Signs & Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Suspiciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Illusions
  • Paranoia
  • Derealization
  • Depersonalization

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Chronic feelings of boredom
  • Intense mood swings
  • Unstable, fluctuating image of self
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE IN CRISIS, OR ARE HAVING THOUGHTS ABOUT HURTING YOURSELF OR OTHERS, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1 OR GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY.

Effects of Borderline Personality Disorder

Unfortunately, borderline personality disorder can exist within a person for a long time before it is properly diagnosed. Once it is diagnosed, there are treatment options available that can help a person manage his or her symptoms. If left untreated, however, the following are examples of effects that can result:

  • Demoralized sense of self
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Death by suicide (10% of people diagnosed with BPD are said to commit suicide)

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