Borderline personality disorder is characterized by mood instability and poor self-image. People with this disorder are prone to constant mood swings and bouts of anger. Often, they will take their anger out on themselves, causing injury to their own body. Suicidal threats and actions are not uncommon. Borderlines think in very black and white terms and often form intense, conflict-ridden relationships. They are quick to anger when their expectations are not met.
Borderline personality disorder was so-named because it was originally thought to be at the "borderline" of psychosis.
The disorder is relatively common, affecting 2% of adults. Women are much more likely to suffer borderline than men.
Nearly 20% of psychiatric hospitalizations are due to borderline. With treatment, patients are often able to see
their symptoms improve.
Treatment involves therapy in which the patient learns to talk through his or her feelings rather than unleashing them in destructive and self-defeating ways. Medication may be helpful, and treatment of any alcohol or substance abuse issues is required. Brief hospitalization is sometimes required, especially in cases involving psychotic episodes or suicide threats or attempts.
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