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What are the symptoms?

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team

In BPD, relationships with others are intense and unstable, swinging wildly from love to hate and back again. People with BPD engage in frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. They may also have uncertainties about their identity or self-image. They tend to see things in terms of extremes, either all good or all bad. Such people also typically view themselves as victims of circumstances and take little responsibility for themselves or their problems.

Other symptoms include:

  • Frequent displays of inappropriate anger
  • Recurrent suicidal gestures such as wrist cutting or drug overdosing
  • Feelings of emptiness and boredom
  • Intolerance of being alone
  • Impulsiveness with money, substance abuse, sexual relationships, binge eating, or shoplifting
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • Emotional instability with marked and frequent shifts to an empty lonely depression or to irritability and anxiety
  • Identity disturbances with confusion and uncertainty about self-identity, sexuality, life goals and values, career choices, friendships
  • Unpredictable and impulsive behaviour that might include excessive spending, promiscuity, gambling, drug or alcohol abuse, shoplifting, overeating or physically self-damaging actions such as suicide gestures

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