Borderline Personality Disorder

An enduring and pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affect as well as impulsivity, and sensitivity to rejection.


Is there a test for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose a mental illness. However, people with Borderline personality traits are more likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you often experience extreme ups and downs in relationships with people who are important to you?

  • Have you often suddenly changed your views or personal goals?

  • Do you often act impulsively when it comes to sex, drugs, alcohol, eating, or shopping?

  • Do you sometimes feel like you don't know who you really are?

  • Do you often feel empty inside?

  • Have you ever tried to or threatened to kill yourself?

  • Have you ever hurt or tried to hurt yourself?

  • Are you easily irritable?

  • ​Does your mood often change drastically within a day depending on what is happening?

  • Do you ever get so angry that you lose control?

  • Do you ever get angry because of small things?

  • Do you sometimes feel suspicious of others, detached from your body, or "unreal" when you are upset?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may have Borderline personality traits. If they cause you significant suffering, impairment, or stress, psychotherapy can help.


What are the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder manifests itself through a variety of different symptoms. These may include:

  • Frequent severe mood swings

  • Fear of being abandoned

  • Unstable interpersonal relationships

  • Impulsive, reckless or dangerous behavior

  • Self-harming behavior

  • Depression

  • Paranoia, dissociation and depersonalization

​If you suffer from these or other mental health symptoms, schedule your first appointment today.