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)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
54
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (30) depressed mood (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
anxious mood (42) 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
37
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (27) depressed mood (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
anxious mood (30)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
anxious mood (22) depressed mood (7)
1 more

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 (42 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 29 more
Total evaluations
52
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (45 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood agitation 4 more
Total evaluations
47
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (35 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 18 more
Total evaluations
50
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite increased anger 24 more
Total evaluations
38
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (8 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea alcohol cravings 22 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (30) depressed mood (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 12 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
anxious mood (42) 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
28
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 (27) depressed mood (21)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 6 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
anxious mood (30)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint apathy 14 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
anxious mood (22) depressed mood (7)
1 more
  • 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 33
20s 653
30s 903
40s 877
50s 485
60s 136
70+ 16
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1049
20-29 years 255
30-39 years 137
40-49 years 76
50-59 years 17
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 285
Female 2813

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1895
Not Diagnosed 151

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