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
86
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
56
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (39) depressed mood (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
anxious mood (48) borderline personality disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (34) depressed mood (25)
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)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
Tried for
anxious mood (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31

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 35 more
Total evaluations
51
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (34 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 19 more
Total evaluations
50
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (43 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood agitation 4 more
Total evaluations
44
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite suicidal ideation 29 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (39) depressed mood (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 16 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
anxious mood (48) borderline personality disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (19 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 16 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness nausea 20 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (34) depressed mood (25)
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)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (40)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness addiction 14 more
Total evaluations
20
  • 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 49
20s 662
30s 874
40s 843
50s 459
60s 113
70+ 10
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,029
20-29 years 249
30-39 years 140
40-49 years 73
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 277
Female 2,726

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,851
Not Diagnosed 149

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