BPD Quick Facts
According to the National Institutes of Health, 5.9% of the U.S. population has experienced Borderline Personality Disorder– about 18 million people.
1 out of 5 people admitted to psychiatric hospitals and 1 out of 10 people seeking outpatient mental health treatment have BPD.
More people have Borderline Personality Disorder than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder combined.
People with BPD have a great deal of trouble controlling their emotions. Events that may seem routine to most non-BDP people often trigger extreme emotional reactions in those with BPD.
Making and maintaining relationships with other people is often difficult for a person with BPD because their broad range of extreme feelings and behaviors tends to push others away.
Long-term research studies of people with BPD suggests that the majority of them will experience significant and long-lasting periods of symptom remission in their lifetime.
Nearly 75% of people diagnosed with BPD are women, but recent research suggests that men may be almost as frequently affected by BPD.
BPD tendencies typically arise in early adulthood; however, some individuals begin to show symptoms of the disorder much earlier.
The primary difference between BPD and adolescent behaviors is that during adolescence these symptoms occur for brief periods of time, whereas a person with BPD is likely to have more long-lasting and constant episodes.
Unfortunately, BPD is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. As a result many people who have BPD go untreated for years.
According to the DSM-IV to meet a diagnosis of BPD, a person must exhibit at least five of nine criteria.
Studies suggest that about 60% of the risk for developing BPD is due to abnormalities in the structure of the brain.
In addition to the role of the brain, negative social interactions such as a turbulent environment at home, school, work, or among peers increase the risk for the development of BPD.
It is important to understand that people who have not been exposed to a negative social environment may still be at risk for developing borderline personality disorder.
Sometimes, when a person with BPD is in crisis hospitalization may be necessary. Suicide is a very real concern for persons with BPD. Overall, the total percentage of people with BPD who commit suicide is about 8-10%.