Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a disease of intense emotions and mood instability that affects one’s interpersonal relationships, behavior and self-image. Marked by extreme mood swings, difficulty regulating emotions, impulsive behavior, and fear of abandonment, people with BPD can experience acute episodes of anger, depression and anxiety often viewing themselves and others with extreme love one day switching to hate the next. Symptoms of borderline personality disorder include an intense fear of abandonment, unstable interpersonal relationships, poor self-image, self-destructive impulsivity, recurrent suicidal or self-mutilating behavior, extreme mood variability, chronic emptiness, inappropriate intense anger, difficulty controlling temper, stress related paranoia and dissociation (out of body feelings) that can lead to brief psychotic episodes.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) usually begins in early adulthood and can improve with treatment. Causes of BPD are not fully known, but genetics, traumatic life events, brain structure and function, cultural and social factors are thought to be risk factors. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and would like to join a research study please fill out our contact form below. We have several studies that are aimed at treating diseases with new drugs, new combinations of drugs or new ways to use existing treatments. Your participation in a voluntary research study is needed and appreciated. With your help, together we can make a difference!