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Borderline Personality Disorder in Teenagers

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

March 29, 2022

There’s been a lot of talk lately about psychiatric challenges that can emerge in the teenage years — especially borderline personality disorder. And it’s coming from a surprising place: TikTok. Teenagers, most of them girls, are sharing raw accounts of extreme emotions and self-destructive behaviors they attribute to BPD. Millions of teens are watching them. As a result, we’re hearing reports that a lot of kids are diagnosing themselves with BPD, even though emotional volatility is a typical characteristic of adolescence.

Whether you’re concerned about a child or have a child who thinks they have the disorder, it’s crucial to get accurate information. In this week’s newsletter we’ve rounded up the latest thinking about borderline personality disorder, as well as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — all disorders of adolescence and early adulthood. What are the symptoms, and how does each develop? Most important, it’s critical to know about the best treatment, which for each of these disorders has become much more effective in recent years.

Related Resources

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

And why it’s now being diagnosed and treated in teenagers.


Bipolar Disorder: Why It’s Often Misdiagnosed

And how behavioral treatment, along with medicine, often improves outcomes.


Early Treatment for Schizophrenia

The right care for teens and young adults decreases later relapses.


Watching for Signs of Psychosis in Teens

How to catch kids early and support them before they’re in crisis.


How Does CBT Help People With Psychosis?

Specialized therapy helps manage symptoms of schizophrenia.


What Are the Kinds of Depression?

Depression usually begins during the teen years and it can take a number of forms.