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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness marked by periods of depression and extreme happiness or irritability. Borderline personality disorder typically starts between ages 15 – 25. The goal of treatment is to make mood episodes less frequent and severe, allowing the person to enjoy life and function normally. Mood stabilizing medication is a key treatment method for those suffering from borderline personality disorder. Other options include electroconvulsive therapy, supportive programs and talk therapy.

Symptoms include:

  • Extreme reactions such as panic and rage
  • A pattern of stormy relationships
  • Distorted self-image and loss of self-esteem
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Low mood or sadness
  • Little need for sleep
  • Reckless behavior such as spending sprees, substance abuse, reckless driving and binge eating
  • Thoughts of suicide or death