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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder that makes you have difficulties with how you think and feel about yourself and other people, and as a result, having problems in your life. 

Causes of BPD

There's no single cause of borderline personality disorder and it's likely to be caused by a combination of the following factors:

  • Being a victim of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • Being exposed to long-term fear or distress as a child
  • Being neglected by 1 or both parents
  • Genes you inherit from your parents may make you more vulnerable to developing BPD.
  • Problem with brain development
  • Stressful or traumatic life events like losing a parent 

Signs and symptoms of BPD

Some of the signs of BPD include 

  • Intense anger outbursts over small things 
  • Feeling paranoid
  • Feeling empty like something is missing 
  • Fear of being alone or abandoned 
  • Having an unstable relationship with people
  • Impulsive behaviors where you act before thinking 
  • Suicidal and self-harm behaviors 

What can I do to manage BPD?

You can do the following to help you manage BPD:

  • Learn and read more about BPD
  • Stay away from drugs and alcohol
  • Replace anxious thoughts with positive ones
  • Learn how to relax
  • Eat healthily and exercise
  • Identify your triggers and try avoiding them
  • Talk to a trusted friend, adult, or family 
  • Seek help from a professional counselor 
  • Do something fun or nice for yourself
  • Spend time with people who make you feel safe and good about yourself
  • Get enough sleep
  • Don’t blame yourself. 
  • Work on improving your self-esteem
  • Do the things you love
  • Minimize stress 


If you're worried about your BPD, it's important to seek help as soon as possible. 

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