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what is boarderline personality disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Borderline: Personality disorders are enduring, inflexible patterns of inner experience & behavior causing significant distress in relationships, work, & other important areas. "borderline" applies to a person with unstable sense of identity; extreme fear of being alone; unstable relationships; impulsivity; affective instability; extreme anger; chronic suicidality or self-mutilation; mini-psychotic times.
Dr. Charles Barnhart
Psychiatry 48 years experience
A quick answer: Google the following: "borderline personality disorder" and dsm. You'll find all the criteria psychiatrist use to make that diagnosis. You'll also get a feel for whether or not you fit.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Borderline: Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility.

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Rupert, ID
A 19-year-old female asked:

What are some if the characteristics of boarderline personality disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Borderline PD: The main feature of borderline pd is pervasive instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and emotions. This is usually most pronounced in intimate relationships. Others include frantic efforts to avoid real/ imagined abandonment; impulsivity in self-damaging areas; recurrent suicidality; inappropriate intense anger; identity disturbance; emotional instability; feeling of emptiness.

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