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
67
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (57) depressed mood (26)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
48
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (24) depressed mood (18)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (19) depressed mood (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (20) depressed mood (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
30
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
anxious mood (28)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
anxious mood (20) 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 (36 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 28 more
Total evaluations
50
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (57) depressed mood (26)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (41 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood anxiety related to mindfulness training 2 more
Total evaluations
41
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (24 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness insomnia 17 more
Total evaluations
44
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sedation 4 more
Total evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (16 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite bipolar depressive episodes 13 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (24) depressed mood (18)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness alcohol cravings 19 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
borderline personality disorder (19) depressed mood (17)
2 more
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 (20) depressed mood (16)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
mental overstimulation sadness
Total evaluations
19
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) sleepiness 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
anxious mood (28)
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 (20) 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 28
20s 636
30s 949
40s 953
50s 572
60s 177
70+ 19
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1083
20-29 years 263
30-39 years 139
40-49 years 81
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 306
Female 3024

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1977
Not Diagnosed 154

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