Borderline Personality Disorder - BPD for short - is a mental illness that affects about two percent of the population, mostly appearing in young women. Many people who have BPD have a history of being abused or not well-nurtured in childhood. Symptoms include:
- Extreme black-and-white thinking
- Self-injury with or without suicidal behavior
- Fears of abandonment (real or imaginary)
- Chronic feelings of emptiness
- Turbulence in relationships - swift changes from idealization to hostility for no apparent reason
- High sensitivity to rejection
- Marked and persistently unstable self-image
- Rapid mood shifts
- Sudden rages
Treatment options include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Emotional dysregulation disorder; many other new names for this condition have been proposed. One pundit suggested calling it "Teenagers."