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
81
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
54
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) depressed mood (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (33) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
44
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (42) anxious mood (3)
3 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)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (28) depressed mood (20)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
anxious mood (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25

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 (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 26 more
Total evaluations
49
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood agitation 4 more
Total evaluations
46
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 27 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (32) depressed mood (29)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (33) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (27 evaluations)
Side effects
crying depressed mood 3 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (42) anxious mood (3)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 12 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (42) borderline personality disorder (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 13 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (28) depressed mood (20)
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 (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness auditory hallucinations 12 more
Total evaluations
16
  • 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 37
20s 656
30s 890
40s 867
50s 474
60s 129
70+ 14
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,042
20-29 years 253
30-39 years 137
40-49 years 74
50-59 years 18
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 281
Female 2,781

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,876
Not Diagnosed 151

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