Borderline personality disorder
What is it
There are a few other names for borderline personality disorder. You might see or hear people talking about ‘BPD’, ‘emotionally unstable personality disorder’, or ‘EUPD’.
No two people’s personalities are the same – their personalities are what make them who they are. Young people’s personalities are still developing, so if they start to experience features linked to a personality disorder, they might be diagnosed with an ‘emerging’ or ‘borderline’ personality disorder.
Having a personality disorder doesn’t mean that there’s something bad about a person or who they are. It means that the way they see themselves and relate to others has been affected by their negative experiences and that they have difficulties with their emotions. For people with a personality disorder, these things affect their day-to-day lives. People with borderline personality disorder find that their emotions change a lot (often because of their relationships with people) and feel very intense.
Feelings and behaviours
- Feeling alone and abandoned
- Having emotions that change very quickly and in an extreme way
- Having doubt about who you are
- Feeling empty
- Wondering if anybody really cares about you
- Difficulty making or keeping close relationships
- In some cases, thinking about self-harm or hurting yourself
- Feeling angry a lot or struggling to contain your answer
- Having unusual experiences such as hearing voices
- Taking increased risks with: drugs, relationships, education, money, your things, or your body.
- Feeling impulsive (likely to do things without thinking them through first) and doing impulsive things such as spending lots of money or taking risks.
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