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
72
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
48
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (22) depressed mood (22)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (25) depressed mood (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
32
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (19) depressed mood (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
anxious mood (19) 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 (37 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 26 more
Total evaluations
48
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (42 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood anxiety related to mindfulness training 2 more
Total evaluations
42
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness hair loss 13 more
Total evaluations
41
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness vivid dreams 21 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (22) depressed mood (22)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (16 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite bipolar depressive episodes 13 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (25) depressed mood (19)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
mental overstimulation sadness
Total evaluations
20
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 12 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (19) depressed mood (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) sleepiness 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
anxious mood (27)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic fatigue disorientation 6 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (19) 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 29
20s 638
30s 937
40s 939
50s 553
60s 166
70+ 17
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1077
20-29 years 263
30-39 years 140
40-49 years 79
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 302
Female 2973

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1954
Not Diagnosed 155

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