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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental health
condition that causes emotional instability, relationship problems, a low sense
of self-worth, and fear of abandonment. Other common symptoms include problems
managing anger and recurring self-harming or suicidal behaviors.
The negative or destructive behaviors of borderline personality
disorder are intense. These behaviors occur over a long period of time. They often
occur in combination with other disorders such as depression, anxiety, or other
mental health problems. People with this disorder often have problems with
substance abuse, gambling, or eating disorders.
There is no cure for borderline personality disorder. But symptoms are often treated with counseling and medicines such as
antidepressants or mood stabilizers. Most people who are treated for borderline
personality disorder do get better over time. But treatment can be
difficult, and recovery can take years.
Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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