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Borderline Personality Disorder


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a pattern of thoughts and behaviors that causes most areas of your life to be unstable. Your thoughts and behaviors seem normal to you, but not to others. You often make choices that are impulsive and risky without thinking about the outcome. Your moods, thoughts, and opinions change from one extreme to the other. Treatment can help you learn to control your symptoms and may help you recover from BPD.


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  • Therapy helps you learn skills to control your moods and improve your relationships. You also learn how to replace negative thoughts and beliefs with positive ones. You might work alone with a therapist, or attend group therapy with others who have BPD.
  • Medicines may be used to treat symptoms that occur with BPD:
    • An antidepressant called an SSRI may be used to treat anxiety and depression.
    • Mood stabilizers control mood swings and may decrease impulsive behavior.
    • Antipsychotics help regulate thought and judgment, and may reduce anxiety, paranoia, and hostility.


You are at risk for poor quality of life, self-harm, and suicide.


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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