Do You Know of Someone Who Is Borderline and What Are They Like?

Question by lisa lang: Do you know of someone who is borderline and what are they like?
Also, how long have you know them?
But of course we all know that this is a label and it is a quickfix. It does not define the person. If people don’t understand this, they just don’t They are humans.

Best answer:

Answer by summer time Mom
my sisiter in law who is bi-polar is like that , she suffers w/ anxiety & depression, she saw a Dr. & got meds. to help cope w/ it , as long as she takes the meds. she’s fine , but when she forgets to take the meds. she can drive one nuts worrying about every little thing

Answer by makemeaspark
Do you mean borderline personality disorder? I don’t know any real ones. This is the category currently for cutters but I expect the DSM-V to give it its own category. I know some cutters but it is getting so popular most people who cut do not have the symptoms of borderline.

These are the qualifications for borderline personality disorder from the DSM-IV:

A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

(1) frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.

(2) a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation

(3) identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self

(4) impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, Substance Abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.

(5) recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

(6) affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)

(7) chronic feelings of emptiness

(8) inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)

(9) transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms


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