Spotlight: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

What is BPD?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition characterized by emotional dysregulation. Those with BPD experience emotions very intensely, and it is harder for them to return to a stable baseline after an emotionally triggering event.


  • Unstable relationships that alternate between idealization and devaluation
  • Unstable self-image
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Chronic feelings of boredom and emptiness
  • Periods of intense moods
  • Uncontrollable anger
  • Dissociative feelings


  • Psychotherapy such as DBT
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotic medication


  • 1.4% of the adult population in the U.S. experiences BPD
  • 75% of individuals with BPD are women


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