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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a psychiatric disorder that makes it difficult for you to regulate your emotions. The condition is always present and exerts a constant influence on your perception of and reaction to the environment around you.

Borderline personality disorder gives you an unstable sense of self that interferes with your interpersonal relationships and your mood. You are likely to have chaotic relationships. Your feelings toward friends and family may suddenly change. Severe cases can lead to breaks in your mind-body connection where you do not recognize yourself in the mirror or do not know what you were doing for a certain time frame.

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder can include:

  • Intense mood swings
  • Fears of abandonment
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Difficulty dealing with anger or rage
  • Self-damaging impulsive behavior (excessive shopping or gambling, eating disorders, drug abuse)
  • Self-mutilation, such as hair pulling or cutting
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Paranoia
  • Breaks in the mind-body connection

It is estimated that there are more than 14 million American adults with borderline personality disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, 85 percent of people with borderline personality disorder also meet the diagnostic criteria for another mental disorder.

Borderline personality disorder is difficult to diagnose. It is often mistaken for other psychiatric conditions because it tends to be present with conditions such as anxiety and depression.

At Indiana University Health, we understand how stressful these symptoms can be. The most important thing for you to know is that borderline personality disorder is treatable. We are here to help. Our professionals offer one of the few treatment programs in the state for borderline personality disorder. We are highly trained to recognize and diagnose the disorder, which is the first step toward your recovery.

Our clinicians know that people with borderline personality disorder can be resistant to treatment. Even though you have the tools to be healthy, you may fall back into destructive behaviors. We can help you navigate these challenges.

We start by building a relationship of trust between you and your care professional. Your physician shares details about his or her background, education and experience. You share information about yourself and your symptoms. At the end of your first visit, you know what is going to happen. You are armed with information about available services and a plan for addressing your specific symptoms.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Information

IU Health Behavioral Health physicians and counselors use a specific form of psychotherapy and medications to help you manage your borderline personality disorder.


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