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BPD 101: Symptoms and Diagnosis


Whether you suspect you might have borderline personality disorder (BPD), have been diagnosed with it or are concerned for a loved one living with the condition, it can help to know the basics about the disorder.
  1. What is BPD?
  2. Causes of BPD
  3. Symptoms of BPD
  4. BPD Diagnosis
  1. Related Conditions
  2. BPD and the Family
  3. BPD in Adolescents

What is BPD?

Borderline personality disorder is a serious psychological condition that has its roots in adolescence or early adulthood and is associated with specific problems in interpersonal relationships, self-image, emotions, behaviors, and thinking.

Causes of BPD

A number of risk factors, including genetic and environmental causes, contribute to the development of BPD.

Symptoms of BPD

The symptoms of BPD can be intense, confusing and frightening, particularly if you don't know what to expect.

BPD Diagnosis

If you are wondering whether you or a loved one may have BPD, you probably have questions about the diagnostic criteria and evaluation process -- that is, exactly what leads a doctor to make the formal diagnosis.

Related Conditions

Unfortunately, BPD frequently occurs along with other psychological conditions, and it can be hard to distinguish BPD from other disorders.

BPD and the Family

BPD has a significant impact on the family. Get information on how BPD may be affecting loved ones.

BPD in Adolescents

Teenagers with BPD face a unique set of obstacles. Learn more about how BPD in teens differs from adult BPD and how to find treatment.

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