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

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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
594
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
783
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
873
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
940
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
997
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
375
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
788

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 (15 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 8 more
Total evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (26 evaluations)
Side effects
anticipatory anxiety anxiety related to mindfulness training 2 more
Total evaluations
26
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
increased anger irritability 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea confusion 6 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint dry mouth 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for borderline personality disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness insomnia 3 more
Total evaluations
3
  • 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?

  • 4 new patients joined this month
  • 1482 say borderline personality disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 18
20s 516
30s 998
40s 976
50s 669
60s 243
70+ 29
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1093
20-29 years 262
30-39 years 143
40-49 years 81
50-59 years 19
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 317
Female 3131

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1993
Not Diagnosed 156

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