A borderline personality disorder is a mental disorder that affects the way you think, feel about yourself and others, causing problems in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions, behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships.
With borderline personality disorder, you have a fear of loneliness or instability, and you might have difficulty tolerating being alone. Also, anger, impulsiveness, and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you want to have loving and lasting relationships. Borderline personality disorder begins usually in early adulthood. The condition becomes worse in young adulthood and may gradually get better with age. If you have a borderline personality disorder, don’t get discouraged. Many people with this disorder get better over time with treatment and can learn to live satisfying lives.
• A pattern of unstable emotional connections, such as idealizing someone one moment and abruptly believing the person doesn’t care enough or is cruel the next
• An intense fear of abandonment, even going to extraordinary steps to avoid real or imagined separation or rejection
• Rapid shifts in self-identity and self-image, such as shifting objectives and values and seeing yourself as bad or non-existent.
• Stress-related paranoia and a loss of contact with reality that can last anywhere from a few minutes to many hours.
• Gambling, reckless driving, hazardous sex, spending sprees, binge eating, or drug misuse, or sabotaging success by abruptly quitting a good job or ending a positive relationship.
• Threats of suicide