Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder [BPD] (also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder) is one of a number of personality disorders characterised by their emotional responses to situations and others.

People who have BPD are also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, eating disorders or substance misuse.

It is a very serious mental health problem which can be linked to self-harm and suicide. It's estimated that 60%-70% of people with BPD will attempt suicide at some point in their life.

This can happen when emotions become intensely painful and hard to cope with. 

Common Experiences of Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Emotional instability leading to extreme ups and downs.
  • Difficulty in making and sustaining stable and close relationships.
  • Unstable sense of identity.
  • Self-harm.
  • Fears of being abandoned, rejected or alone.
  • Impulsive behaviour.
  • Experiencing periods where there is a loss of control with reality.

Personal Stories

“BPD doesn't mean you’re a dangerous person and nor does it mean you seek attention.

“It's important to note that everyone deals with emotions in their own way. If you break a leg then people can see you’re in pain. When in emotional distress you can't show it and if you do self-harm and show that distress, then people just need to realise that there is no shame in that.

“Nobody sets out to seek attention but even if they did, is that a bad thing?

“One of my frustrations about BPD is the assumption by professionals that because you have mood instability then you can't also be depressed, or anxious."

- Holly McCormack

Read Holly's story here


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