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

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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
83
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (29) depressed mood (28)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
anxious mood (41) borderline personality disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
41
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (39) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (24) depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
anxious mood (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24

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 (43 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 29 more
Total evaluations
54
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (45 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood anxiety related to mindfulness training 2 more
Total evaluations
48
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 15 more
Total evaluations
47
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 24 more
Total evaluations
39
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 25 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (29) depressed mood (28)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 9 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (41) borderline personality disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (22 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood mental overstimulation 2 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (39) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 13 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (24) depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) sleepiness 6 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (29)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
auditory hallucinations better sleep 11 more
Total evaluations
12
  • 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 34
20s 651
30s 937
40s 893
50s 509
60s 148
70+ 16
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1064
20-29 years 261
30-39 years 139
40-49 years 78
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 293
Female 2895

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1930
Not Diagnosed 154

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