What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

Someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD) feels emotions and handles daily situations differently. According to the National Education Alliance for BPD, more than 14 million Americans have borderline personality disorder yearly, making it more common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

BPD signs are intense emotions, difficulty expressing feelings, and severe episodes of anger or depression. These episodes can range from a few hours to several days. People with borderline personality disorder often have intense emotions, mental health problems, and struggle to find emotional stability.

Obsessive fear of abandonment is one of the symptoms of this disorder—desiring close relationships but impulsively pushing people away. People with borderline personality disorder are more likely to self-harm and have suicidal thoughts. We still do not know the cause of this disorder, but both environmental and biological factors may influence it.

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