Borderline Personality Disorder Basics

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Borderline Personality Disorder: What Is It?

Borderline personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and moods, and an impairing level of social impulsivity. Adolescents or young adults with borderline personality disorder have intense relationships characterized by sudden and dramatic shifts from idealizing to devaluing the other person. They make frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment, and experience chronic feelings of emptiness.

They often have severely distorted and unstable images of themselves, and experience feelings of worthlessness and anger, frequent mood swings, and impulsive behavior. Those with the disorder often exhibit a “black and white” thinking style, expressing, in short periods, contradictory emotions such as great enthusiasm and deep disappointment.”