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
84
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
59
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (38) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
anxious mood (48) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (34) depressed mood (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (33) depressed mood (26)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
Tried for
anxious mood (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
anxious mood (29)

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 (37 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 37 more
Total evaluations
47
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (42 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood agitation 4 more
Total evaluations
42
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth drowsiness 18 more
Total evaluations
46
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood bipolar depressive episodes 19 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (38) depressed mood (27)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 17 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
anxious mood (48) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness chronic constipation 21 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (34) depressed mood (24)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (15 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 14 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (33) depressed mood (26)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood crying 4 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (42) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness increased sleepiness 2 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
anxious mood (39)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness addiction 15 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
anxious mood (30)
  • 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 634
30s 839
40s 786
50s 426
60s 98
70+ 8
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,020
20-29 years 241
30-39 years 134
40-49 years 70
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 1,668
Not Diagnosed 146

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