Individuals with personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), experience strong emotions that flare up and diminish rapidly, often within hours. With few understanding the source of their feelings, people living with personality disorders get little or no sympathy from those around them.
Personality disorders are characterized by mood swings, relationship instability, difficulties with long-term planning and impulse control, and problems with self-identity. One of the key symptoms is an obsessive fear of abandonment—desperately wanting close relationships while simultaneously pushing people away with impulsive, irrational behavior. Individuals diagnosed with personality disorders often have an elevated incidence of self-harm and suicidal gestures.
Symptoms of Personality Disorders
Symptoms of personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), include the following: