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Borderline Personality Disorder

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder or Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder is characterised by unstable emotions, intense anger, chronic feelings of emptiness, fear of abandonment, recurrent self-harm and transient psychotic episodes.

This disorder is caused by childhood adversity, including physical or emotional abuse, invalidating family environments and intense conflict within the family.

The onset is at adolescence and continues into adulthood. Borderline Personality Disorder is associated with depression, binge eating and substance misuse.


‚ÄčTreatment of Borderline Personality Disorder involves pharmacotherapy and psychological treatment. Pharmacotherapy includes antidepressants, mood stabilisers and antipsychotic drugs. Psychological treatment includes supportive psychotherapy and other specific psychotherapy depending on service providers.

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