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A 38-year-old member asked:

What exactly does borderline personality disorder mean?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Berman
A Verified Doctoranswered
15 years experience
Long-term struggle: Bpd stands for "borderline personality disorder" and it is a long standing set of traits that cause much interpersonal suffering in the person who has bpd and often the people around them. People with bpd very often have histories of trauma and deeply fear being abandoned on the one hand and getting to close to someone on the other. Having bpd can easily lead to depression.
Dr. Humberto Quintana
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Borderline defined: A pervasive pattern of instbility of interpersonal relationships, self -image, affects, marked impulsivity starts in early adulthood & presents with 5 plus of these:: efforts to avoid abandoment. relationships go from idealization to devaluation. Unstable self-image. Impulsivity. Suicidal behavior, self injury, affective instability, emptiness feeling, anger, paranoid / dissociative symptoms
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 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.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Borderline: Intense unstable interpersonal relationship characterized by idealization, splitting, rapid mood shifts, pan anxiety, repeated self harm, distorted self image, low esteem, brief psychotic episodes.

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How do I know exactly what is borderline personality disorder?

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What exactly borderline personality disorder?

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A 35-year-old member asked:

I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.Does this mean I am crazy?

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Dr. Imad Khreim
Psychiatry 40 years experience
NO: No you are not crazy, limited percentage of people suffering from mental illness loose touch with reality and usually it is temporary under exacerbation situations, once remission take place, usually they regain control. Bpd is not associated with loss of touch with reality except in severe cases and for brief periods. See help, it is effective, good luck and feel better.
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Can doctors tell me what does the "borderline" in borderline personality disorder mean?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Borderline: In older psychodynamic terms, "borderline" meant on the "border" between neurosis and psychosis. Internal conflict is the hallmark of neurosis, which bpd has plenty of. Also they can be prone to mini-psychotic episodes where certain triggers can cause them to become become very paranoid and delusional. This is not a permanent state, though. "borderline" term was an attempt to describe symptoms.
Last updated Oct 20, 2015

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