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 for borderline personality disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
581
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
770
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
857
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
978
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
917
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
364
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
776

Data from patients with borderline personality disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (32 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 18 more
Total evaluations
34
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (33 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood anxiety related to mindfulness training 2 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea dry mouth 8 more
Total evaluations
21
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 7 more
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue nausea 10 more
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
word fishing Alice in Wonderland syndrome 14 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness insomnia 3 more
Total evaluations
4
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with borderline personality disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has borderline personality disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 8 new patients joined this month
  • 1436 say borderline personality disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 23
20s 594
30s 955
40s 989
50s 592
60s 201
70+ 20
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1084
20-29 years 263
30-39 years 140
40-49 years 81
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 309
Female 3059

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1982
Not Diagnosed 156

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