Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by having a pattern of ongoing instability in moods, behavior, self-image, and functioning. These symptoms often lead to an individual making impulsive decisions and unstable relationships. A person who suffers from this disorder may experience extreme feelings of anger, depression, and anxiety that can last from a few hours to a few days.

For someone who suffers from BPD, they may feel uncertain about who they are and, in turn, their values and interests may change quickly. In romantic relationships, someone whom the person was once attracted to based on a specific criterion they had may suddenly be deemed as unattractive or a “loser” if their criteria changed again. In addition, a person may suffer from stress-related paranoid thoughts, and may make frantic efforts to avoid being abandoned. Minor inconveniences may trigger symptoms of BPD

Just as someone feels in control of their emotions, their disorder may cause them to feel a different way and this can be exhausting. A person may feel like they never understand who they truly are, and that they cannot manage their symptoms very well. BPD can leave a person in an utter state of uncertainty and extreme emotion– a feeling that could render debilitating for anyone. Racing thoughts and extreme emotions may mean that a person lashes out, even when they don’t want to. Friendships and relationships often become unmanageable, especially for those who do not know how to help someone who suffers from this. It can bring out the meanest side of a person, and can leave them and their loved ones feeling isolated.

Borderline personality disorder can take a major toll on the person who suffers from it. While it may seem that things will never get better, there are many resources that someone suffering from this disorder can utilize to manage their symptoms. Treatment typically involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), anger management, dialectical behavior therapy, psychotherapy, and more. If a person believes they may be suffering from BPD, they should speak with a doctor to determine the best course of action.

Family and friends can become more supportive to their loved one by being patient and understanding that their reactions and behaviors are part of a mental illness. Learning not to take those actions personally also helps someone who suffers from BPD, because they cannot control their thoughts and actions at that moment. Being empathetic and understanding, as well as seeking out family support groups and learning as much as possible about BPD is the best course of action family and friends can take for someone they love. With time, dedication, and the right tools, a person with BPD can more easily manage their symptoms and take back control over their life and happiness.


New Vista Behavioral Health is a nationwide family of treatment providers, including primary mental health care. You can find a way to live in healthy, sustainable relationships when you learn the skills necessary to cope with Borderline Personality Disorder. Holding our treatment programs to higher standards, we offer exceptional care along a full continuum of options to provide better outcomes for your recovery.

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