Borderline Personality Disorder: What to Look For

People with borderline personality disorder tend to be extremely emotionally reactive. They are overwhelmed by intense emotions that they have trouble managing effectively, resorting instead to self-destructive behaviors, including risky driving, unsafe sex and alcohol and substance abuse.

They have volatile 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 and worthlessness. They cycle rapidly through moods from elation to irritability to anger to despair. With a profoundly negative self-image, they are prone to self-injury and suicidal behavior.