Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder associated with severe instability in an individual's mood, behavior or self-image. In some cases BPD also causes functional impairment, which may result in impulsive actions. Generally, an individual suffering from BPD will experience a burst of intense emotion — often anger, sadness and anxiety — in a short period of time. Some may experience a co-occurring mental illness, such as depression, anxiety or addiction.
BPD generally affects the adult population and very rarely the adolescent population.
Several means of professional treatment are available to an individual experiencing BPD such as psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health counselors or social workers. Generally, medication is considered an effective method in managing symptoms associated with BPD and co-occurring mental illness.
Self care, including taking time for yourself, getting physical activity and eating well, can lessen the symptoms for people experiencing mood disorders. Read more about self care and alternative treatment options.
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