When Your Loved One Has Borderline Personality Disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Only a doctor or mental health professional can officially provide an official diagnosis of a personality disorder, but there are several key symptoms you can observe that might indicate a person has BPD. These include:

  • Intense fear of rejection, separation, or abandonment
  • Rapid changes between thinking someone is perfect to believing they are evil
  • Risky behaviors including unsafe sex, gambling, drug use, or accumulating credit card debt
  • Threats of suicide or self-harm
  • Difficulty empathizing with other people
  • Mood swings from euphoria to intense shame or self-criticism
  • Frequently losing one’s temper

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