BPD Bullets*

Borderline personality disorder is…

•A serious mental illness characterized by powerful and unstable emotional states, tumultuous interpersonal relationships, and impulsive behaviors

•More common than both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

•Highly and unfairly stigmatized

People with BPD…

•Suffer from extreme and constantly shifting emotions

•Experience intense anger and despair

•Struggle to maintain close interpersonal relationships

•Are plagued by fears of abandonment

•Engage in what is known as “all or nothing” and “black and white” thinking

•Cope with painful emotions by engaging in self-damaging behaviors such as cutting, substance abuse, and binging and purging

Recent advances in research have…

•Uncovered a significant genetic predisposition for the disorder

•Led to the development of treatments specifically designed for patients with BPD such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mentalization based therapy (MBT)

BPD by the numbers*

Studies have estimated that almost 6% of the population suffers from BPD.

In the US, at least 14 million adults may have this disorder.

Up to 10% of people with BPD will commit suicide and as many as 70% of borderline patients will attempt suicide.

BPD patients account for 20% of inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations.

At the conclusion of a 10-year study of a population of BPD patients, 85% of participants saw a remission of symptoms such that they no longer fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for the disorder.

For more in depth information about this topic please visit our “About BPD” section and “Resources” page.

*The information found in this fact sheet is available from these sources:

Grant, BF, Chou, SP, Goldstein RB, Huang B, Stinsin F, Saha T, Smith S, Damson D, Pulay A, Pickering

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professionals and families. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., 2005.

Gunderson JG, with Links PS. Borderline personality disorder: A clinical guide, 2nd ed.

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