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Borderline Personality Disorder, once thought of as psychosis Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual's sense of self-identity.
 
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Originally thought to be at the "borderline" of psychosis, people with BPD suffer from a disorder of emotion regulation.
BPD is more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women.
There is a high rate of self-injury without suicide intent, as well as a significant rate of suicide attempts and completed suicide in severe cases.
Patients often need extensive mental health services, and account for 20 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations. Yet, with help, many improve over time and are eventually able to lead productive lives.
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