10 BPD Symptoms

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  • 1. 'Borderline Personality Disorder.' Mayo Clinic, 17 July 2019, mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/borderline-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20370237
  • 2. 'Borderline Personality Disorder.' National Institute of Mental Health, December 2017, nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder
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Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a mental health condition. It impacts the way people view themselves, others around them and their interpersonal relationships.1‘Borderline Personality Disorder.’ Mayo Clinic, 17 July 2019, mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/borderline-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20370237 There are various symptoms associated with this condition, each of which may manifest differently, depending on the individual and any co-occurring mental health issues they may have.

Onset for BPD generally begins in early adulthood and typically starts off at its worst before improving with treatment and age.1‘Borderline Personality Disorder.’ Mayo Clinic, 17 July 2019, mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/borderline-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20370237 Those with symptoms of BPD should see a provider as soon as possible, as quality of life can quickly improve with treatment.

Impulsive Behavior

People with BPD sometimes struggle with impulsive behaviors, which is one of the defining symptoms of the disorder.1‘Borderline Personality Disorder.’ Mayo Clinic, 17 July 2019, mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/borderline-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20370237 These behaviors may also be categorized as risky and dangerous.

Common impulsive behaviors that people with BPD may engage in include gambling, excessive spending, binge eating, drug use or abuse, binge drinking, ending interpersonal relationships without warning or reason, quitting a job with no prior notice or plan, reckless driving and unsafe sex.1‘Borderline Personality Disorder.’ Mayo Clinic, 17 July 2019, mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/borderline-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20370237 These behaviors can occur at any point for those with BPD and not just during flare-ups.2‘Borderline Personality Disorder.’ National Institute of Mental Health, December 2017, nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder

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