A to Z: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about personality disorders and complications of mental illness.Borderline personality disorder, BPD, ambulatory schizophrenia, “as if” personality, pseudoneurotic schizophrenia, psychotic character, emotionally unstable personality, personality disorder, mental health, mental illness, cutting, suicide, self-harm, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, psychotherapy, talk therapy, self-image, reckless driving, substance abuse, unsafe sex, psychosis, psychotic, mental disorders, mentlaly disordered, schizo, schizophrenia11/06/201303/22/201909/02/2019a4f6c5cf-b9e0-449f-84dd-972027b2e940https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-bpd.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by instability in moods, relationships, behavior, and self-image.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Personality disorders are mental illnesses that cause people to have trouble relating to situations, other people, and even themselves. There are a number of different personality disorders, and people often display symptoms of more than one kind.</p> <p>People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) typically have very intense emotions, stormy relationships with others, trouble controlling their anger, rapid mood swings, and a distorted self-image that can change quickly. They often engage in dangerous behaviors, such as unsafe sex, reckless driving, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/binge-eating.html/">binge eating</a>, and substance abuse. Many people with BPD cause themselves physical harm, such as by <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/help-cutting.html/">cutting</a> or burning themselves or even attempting suicide.</p> <p>Borderline personality disorder is most common in young adults, although symptoms often start as early as childhood, and it occurs more often in women than men. Many people with BPD also have other mental health conditions like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/understanding-depression.html/">depression</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-bipolar.html/">bipolar disorder</a>, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eating-disorders.html/">eating disorders</a>. If it goes untreated, BPD can have damaging effects on relationships, jobs, school, and social activities. It can also become life threatening due to dangerous or suicidal behaviors.</p> <p>Treatment for BPD usually starts with psychotherapy to help the person understand the symptoms and how best to manage them in everyday life. Doctors also may prescribe medications and hospitalization for severe cases.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Borderline personality disorder can get better with treatment, but it may take a long time, so it's important for people with BPD and their friends and families to be patient. Establishing a positive, trusting relationship with a therapist can make treatment more likely to succeed. Families of people with BPD can also benefit from therapy that helps them cope with stressful situations and avoid actions that may make their relative's symptoms worse.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
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A to Z: Mental Disorder, Non-psychoticLearn about types of mental disorders and conditions that affect thinking and behavior.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-mental-nonpsychotic.html/1c57bcf3-221d-48d6-a27a-4d8d0771995d
A to Z: PsychosisLearn about symptoms of mental illness and conditions that affect thinking and behavior.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-psychosis.html/f9dfeb59-bdab-4ecc-893f-9c027153c5ca
About Teen SuicideWhen a teen commits suicide, everyone is affected. The reasons behind a suicide or attempted suicide can be complex, but often there are warning signs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/suicide.html/e5d8251a-59a1-4497-88b5-6cb66cd2631e
Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorders are one of several medical conditions called depressive disorders that affect the way a person's brain functions. Find out more about bipolar disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bipolar.html/4a2e14e8-c372-47a8-bb43-25d7dd9ff2a1
Body Dysmorphic DisorderFor some people, worries about appearance become extreme and upsetting, interfering with their lives, a condition called body dysmorphic disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/body-image-problem.html/3171d598-f999-4481-a898-f300b4aedc8c
DepressionDepression is very common. For more information about depression and feeling better, check out this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/depression.html/313901c9-c72a-4f03-831b-94ab61da2856
Finding Low-Cost Mental Health CareIf you need mental health care but don't think you can afford it, you're not alone. Get tips on finding low-cost or free mental health care in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mhealth-care.html/1d8bc05d-7696-4dda-910b-0d06f3855508
Going to a TherapistWhat's it like to go to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or therapist? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/going-to-therapist.html/98f4f29c-08f9-42ae-84d2-a492759ee506
Sadness and DepressionEveryone is sad once in a while. But depression is a sadness that goes on too long and hurts too much. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/depression.html/f5bae932-e007-4fc5-b712-271e8bdff1ab
Taking Your Child to a TherapistMany children and teens have problems that affect how they feel, act, or learn. Going to therapy helps them cope better, feel better, and do better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finding-therapist.html/36c31f3c-0467-4e71-8c7e-c6274c9f2c8f
When Depression Is SevereSevere depression can cloud a person's thinking and lead some people to think that life isn't worth living. But severe depression can be treated. Find out what to do and how to get help in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/severe-depression.html/f8a6f7b0-feaf-499d-b2a1-ebdb48a21c3d
Why Do People Get Depressed?There's no one reason why people get depressed - many different things can play a role. Find out more about the things that can trigger depression.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/why-depressed.html/d1e33cf3-a49d-4f8e-863b-f9423ee608d5