Borderline Personality Disorder Simplified | Diagnosis & Treatment of BPD | A Psychiatrist Explains
In this video, Dr Sanil Rege provides an overview of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Borderline personality disorder is a personality disorder with impairments in self and interpersonal functioning with specific pathological personality traits.
In ICD-10 it is labelled as an Emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD). In ICD-11 this has been changed to a borderline pattern qualifier.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that impacts how you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behaviour, and a pattern of unstable relationships.
Signs and symptoms may include:
- An intense fear of abandonment, even going to extreme measures to avoid real or imagined separation or rejection
- A pattern of unstable intense relationships, such as idealising someone one moment and then suddenly believing the person doesn’t care enough or is cruel
- Rapid changes in self-identity and self-image including shifting goals and values, and seeing yourself as bad or as if you don’t exist at all
- Periods of stress-related paranoia and loss of contact with reality, lasting from a few minutes to a few hours
- Impulsive and risky behaviour, such as gambling, reckless driving, unsafe sex, spending sprees, binge eating or drug abuse, or sabotaging success by suddenly quitting a good job or ending a positive relationship
- Suicidal threats or behaviour or self-injury, often in response to a fear of separation or rejection
- Wide mood swings lasting from a few hours to a few days, which can include intense happiness, irritability, shame or anxiety
- Ongoing feelings of emptiness
- Inappropriate, intense anger, such as frequently losing your temper, being sarcastic or bitter, or having physical fights.