emotional dysregulation, often resulting in unstable interpersonal relationships, hypersensitivity to rejection, distorted self-image, marked impulsivity, and self-harming behaviors.12 About 1.6% of the population has BPD.3 Women are more likely to be diagnosed with BPD than are men, though researchers believe that BPD is often underdiagnosed and/or overlooked in men due to gender bias, treatment reluctance among male patients, and other factors.4BPD falls under Cluster B personality disorders, which are marked by dramatic, overly emotional, and/or erratic thinking and behavior.1”People with borderline personality disorder tend to view things in extremes, such as in all good or all bad,” according to Dr. Stephanie Stepp, an associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, who specializes in BPD.
“Their opinions of other people can change very quickly. An individual who might seem a friend one day may be considered an enemy or a traitor the next.
And these shifting feelings can lead to intense and unstable relationships.” BPD symptoms, she says, often appear during periods of extreme stress, usually involving interpersonal events.BPD often co-occurs with other conditions, including anxiety, depression, other personality disorders, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).5 In fact, researchers estimate that between 30% to 60% of individuals with BPD also have ADHD.6BPD, especially if untreated, is highly distressing and impairing. Compared to the general population, individuals with BPD are at greater risk for suicidal behavior and suicide attempts.7If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, dial or text 988 to connect to a trained counselor from the National
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