BPD is a cluster B personality disorder, along with antisocial, narcissistic, and histrionic personality disorders. Cluster B disorders are distinguished by dramatic, highly emotional, and/or erratic behaviour. Borderlines are characterised by rocky interpersonal relationships, extreme emotions, issues with self-image, and trouble with impulse control. We may also experience symptoms associated with mania and/or psychosis.

Symptoms:

  • Intense emotions and mood swings
  • Inappropriate and/or unreasonable anger and irritability
  • Impulsive and risky behaviour, can include: spending excessive amounts of money, taking too many drugs, drinking too much, promiscuity, and self-harm
  • Predisposition to addiction
  • Difficult and intense relationships, often full of arguments, conflict, and breakups
  • Higher probability of being abused and/or raped
  • Sudden intense episodes of anxiety, depression, and mania-like behaviour
  • Feelings of self-hatred, often resulting in suicidal thoughts and behaviour
  • Hallucinations, including auditory, sensory, olfactory, and visual
  • Delusions, particularly an obsessive fear and belief that people are going to abandon me
  • Extreme need for attention in order to feel that I am worthy of living
  • Unstable self-image and lack of consistent personality/identity, often resulting in mimicking the behaviour and personalities of fictional characters and real-life loved ones
  • Excessive self-criticism
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Awareness of/guilt because of destructive behaviours, but feeling unable to stop
  • Dissociative states under stress, in which I feel a disconnection from my body and from reality
  • Unstable goals/aspirations
  • Tendency to interpret the emotions of others as overwhelmingly negative
  • Paranoia that people hate me or are annoyed by everything I do
  • Idolizing people I’ve just met
  • Fear that I am faking my symptoms, no matter how severe they are
  • Fear that I am being manipulative or abusive
  • Possessiveness of loved ones
  • Constant need for reassurance