Personality disorders are conditions that can cause a range of distressing symptoms and patterns of behaviour.
People given a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) often have:
- Difficulty controlling emotions and mood
- Difficulty with relationships
Personality disorders are often diagnosed, or start to affect people, in teenage years and continue into adulthood.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most common personality disorders seen by healthcare professionals. Approximately 75% of those diagnosed are female; men may be less likely to seek treatment, or may express their distress differently. The diagnosis is contentious, and there is debate about how accurate or useful diagnoses of BPD are.