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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
80
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (72) Depressed mood (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
60
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (37) Depressed mood (26)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Anxious mood (47) Insomnia (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) Depressed mood (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
43
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (42) Anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) Depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Insomnia (36) Depressed mood (3)

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 (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Weight gain 33 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (72) Depressed mood (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (45 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Agitation 4 more
Total evaluations
45
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
50
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Allergies Anxious mood 20 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (37) Depressed mood (26)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sedation 20 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
Anxious mood (47) Insomnia (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 16 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) Depressed mood (25)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Crying 4 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (42) Anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Cognitive impairment 20 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) Depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Increased sleepiness 2 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Drowsiness 7 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
Insomnia (36) Depressed mood (3)
  • 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 50
20s 601
30s 807
40s 742
50s 391
60s 90
70+ 8
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 999
20-29 years 239
30-39 years 132
40-49 years 69
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

91% Female
9% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,641
Not Diagnosed 144

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