Borderline Personality Disorder
This guide was written to help you learn
about borderline personality disorder. It will
discuss current treatment options. If you
have questions about the details in this
guide, talk with your doctors and nurses.
What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?
It can be a severe health concern. People
with this disorder often have problems with
mood, self-image, and relationships.
Common signs and symptoms are:
ξ unstable, intense relationships
ξ fear of abandonment, separation
ξ dislike being alone; need to have
other people with them
ξ problems with self image
ξ impulsive acts (spending money,
unsafe sex, reckless driving)
ξ self-destructive behaviors
(mutilation, suicidal acts)
ξ rapid mood changes
ξ always feeling empty
ξ feeling suspicious or being out-of-
touch with reality when stressed
ξ feelings of anger for no apparent
Why Do People Have This?
The cause is unknown. A number of
theories attempt to explain this illness.
These theories focus on:
ξ parent-child dynamics
ξ childhood abuse
ξ biological factors
ξ parental psychopathology
What Is the Treatment?
The choice of treatment depends upon many
factors. These factors include:
ξ the person's history
ξ current needs and interests
ξ options present where the person
ξ dialectical behavioral group therapy
ξ individual counseling
ξ group, cognitive behavioral therapy
(CBT) rehabilitation programs
ξ keeping crisis plans up to date
It may be helpful for all members of the
health care team to have a copy of the crisis
If you have questions, please call the
University Hospital Psychiatry Inpatient
Unit at (608) 263-7525.
Signs and symptoms summarized from
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders V(American Psychiatric
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