How is borderline personality disorder (BPD) characterized?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: Roy H Lubit, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by marked instability in functioning, affect, mood, interpersonal relationships, and, at times, reality testing. BPD is associated with significant morbidity due to common comorbid conditions, including dysthymia, major depression, psychoactive substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. Approximately 70-75% of patients with BPD have a history of at least one deliberate act of self-harm, and the mean estimated rate of completed suicides is 9%. [1, 2]


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