BPD 101: Symptoms and Diagnosis
From Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, PhD, former About.com Guide
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.
- An Overview of BPD
- What is a Personality Disorder?
- The Prognosis: Is BPD Forever?
- Statistics on BPD
- Are There Subtypes of BPD?
Causes of BPD
A number of risk factors, including genetic and environmental causes, contribute to the development of BPD.
- What Causes BPD?
- Genetic Risk Factors
- The Link Between Child Abuse and BPD
- Emotional Invalidation - A Cause of BPD?
Symptoms of BPD
The symptoms of BPD can be intense, confusing and frightening, particularly if you don't know what to expect.
- Introduction to BPD Symptoms
- BPD and Suicide
- Emotional Instability
- Impulsive Behavior in BPD
- Borderline Anger
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.
- How is BPD Diagnosed?
- Getting a BPD Assessment
- Is There a Test for BPD?
- Why is BPD Frequently Misdiagnosed?
- Understanding Multi-Axial Diagnosis
Unfortunately, BPD frequently occurs along with other psychological conditions, and it can be hard to distinguish BPD from other disorders.
- Is it BPD or Bipolar Disorder?
- Alcoholism and BPD
- BPD and Eating Disorders
- Dissociative Identity Disorder and BPD
- Cluster B Personality Disorders
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- BPD and Depression
- Other Personality 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.