Borderline personality disorder

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What is borderline personality disorder?

Borderline personality disorder is marked by a pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts.

Common symptoms reported by people with borderline personality disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with borderline personality disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
57
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (37) depressed mood (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
anxious mood (46) borderline personality disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (31) depressed mood (26)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
45
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (44) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) depressed mood (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
anxious mood (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29

Data from patients with borderline personality disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with borderline personality disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (40 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 30 more
Total evaluations
50
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (35 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
51
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (45 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood agitation 4 more
Total evaluations
47
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite suicidal ideation 28 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (37) depressed mood (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 12 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
anxious mood (46) borderline personality disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 16 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (31) depressed mood (26)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (30 evaluations)
Side effects
crying depressed mood 4 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (44) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) depressed mood (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
anxious mood (38)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness auditory hallucinations 13 more
Total evaluations
18
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with borderline personality disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has borderline personality disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 45
20s 650
30s 891
40s 849
50s 462
60s 119
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,032
20-29 years 250
30-39 years 138
40-49 years 72
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 277
Female 2,744

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,857
Not Diagnosed 150

These charts show data from borderline personality disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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