- So, that's what I have?!
- Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Do you sometimes feel really happy and then really gloomy just a moment later? Do you often react too quickly without thinking about the consequences of your actions? Does it seem like you can’t feel anything at all or like you aren’t really present in this world? Do you sometimes hurt yourself on purpose by cutting or scratching yourself?
What is borderline?
Borderline is personality disorder. If you have borderline, you can suffer from all kinds of problems, like highly fluctuating feelings. One moment you’re very happy, and the next moment you’re very sad (mood swings). It can often be difficult for your family and friends to understand these mood swings. You may also get tired of your fluctuating feelings and thoughts. You may also find someone really nice and see him or her every day, and then suddenly, for no reason, you find him or her to be the most horrible person in the world. Individuals with borderline can also feel completely empty. You then feel like you don’t know who you are anymore. You sometimes might hurt yourself, drink a lot of alcohol or frequently engage in risky activities.
What causes borderline?
Borderline is a disorder you have, and it says something about what you are like. As you develop from a child into an adult, it is possible that the problems related to borderline become more or less prominent. In other words, borderline is not something that just appears out of nowhere. It may be that you have experienced something bad that causes you to have problems.
How common is borderline?
Approximately 1 to 3% of the population (roughly 150,000 people in the Netherlands) has borderline. It usually becomes apparent during puberty whether of not you have it.
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