Borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self, and unstable emotions.
Borderline personality disorder is typically treated with therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
I can be incredibly optimistic and happy-for-no-reason that it makes me cry, then suddenly I can be depressive, suicidal, worthless hopeless feeling--little things and sometimes almost nothing at all can make me swing, and it's exhausting.
I self-harm when overwhelmed with emotion/anxiety, and have chronic emptiness/boredom, identity issues, bad anxiety, depression, paranoia, transient dissociation, and abandonment fears, among other things.
Overall, the features of BPD include unusually intense sensitivity in relationships with others, difficulty regulating emotions, and impulsivity.
Other symptoms may include feeling unsure of one's personal identity, morals, and values; having paranoid thoughts when feeling stressed; dissociation and depersonalization; and, in moderate to severe cases, stress-induced breaks with reality or psychotic episodes.
Outpatient treatment was ineffective and seemed to increase her desire for self-harm.
People with BPD may feel emotions with greater ease, depth and for a longer time than others do.
A core characteristic of BPD is affective instability, which generally manifests as unusually intense emotional responses to environmental triggers, with a slower return to a baseline emotional state.
Another type, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) may reduce the risk of suicide. While medications do not cure BPD, they may be used to help with the associated symptoms. Females are diagnosed about three times as often as males.
It appears to become less common among older people.