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BPD 101 
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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Defined

BPD is characterized by:  

  • Intense difficulties in interpersonal relationships 

  • An unstable self-concept 

  • Impulsivity, disinhibition, and risk-taking behaviors 

  • Difficulty managing painful emotions

To receive a diagnosis of BPD, these symptoms must:

  • Be present in multiple contexts (home and school or

      home and work)

  • Result in significant suffering or cause significant impairment in functioning

Watch About Medicine's animation to learn more about BPD and common misunderstandings


Why BPD is A Public Health Crisis?

Given the statistics below, ever wonder why there are so few providers, resources, and legislation available for individuals suffering from BPD?


Or why individuals with BPD are at higher risk to wind up incarcerated, institutionalized against their will, or lose their lives, during periods of mental health crisis?

  • Finding good treatment for symptoms of BPD can be challenging.

  • Many therapists either avoid or refuse to treat BPD.

  • Treating BPD requires specialized training or experience for optimal results.

  • Often, insurance companies do not pay for the treatment of BPD.

  • BPD makes up at least 6 million people in North America.

  • Males with BPD are often sent to jail or prison for violent outbursts resulting from a biological inability to control impulsivity.

  • BPD comprises 20% of the inpatient psychiatric population.

  • BPD makes up 11% of the outpatients in the mental health system.

  • As a comparison, BPD affects 50% more people than Alzheimer's disease and nearly as many as schizophrenia and bipolar combined (2.25%).

  • An estimated 10% of BPD patients die by suicide.

  • BPD generally co-occurs with depression, anorexia-bulimia, and other problems resulting from impulsivity (drunk or reckless driving, gambling, sex addiction or shoplifting).

  • BPD patients have replaced schizophrenics in the revolving door of psychiatric treatment.

As a collective, together we have the power to change the stigma, increase understanding, and promote support of humans on a severe mental health journey with grace, compassion, and respect.

Recovery is Possible

  • While BPD is a serious mental illness, it is by no means a life sentence.

  • Research has shown that the prognosis for BPD is actually not as bad as once thought.

  • Almost half of people who are diagnosed with BPD will not meet the criteria for a diagnosis just two years later.

  • Ten years later, 88% of people who were once diagnosed with BPD no longer meet the criteria for a diagnosis.


What Causes Borderline Personality

"While no specific "cause" has been identified, several risk factors for BPD have been identified. Dominant theories of BPD suggest that it results when a person who has an innate vulnerability (genetics) interacts with a "chronically invalidating environment"

(Vanwoerden et al., 2019). 

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