Useful to: Parent Centers for sharing with families and individuals affected by borderline personality disorder.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that has historically been difficult to understand. The symptoms associated with it are a painful mix of emotional turmoil, unstable relationships, and self-destructive behavior, including suicide attempts. This article from the Child Mind Institute discusses the following:

  • What is borderline personality disorder?
  • Emotional dysregulation (difficulty in regulating and modulating emotions, leading to destabilized relationships)
  • Self-destructive behavior (e.g., cutting and other self-injury)
  • Criteria for diagnosing borderline personality disorder
  • Diagnosing teenagers
  • Why early diagnosis is crucial
  • Treatment (focus on dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT)

Accompanying articles explore self-injurious behavior in more depth, as well as dialectical behavioral therapy.

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