Promoting BPD education and
connecting people to resources

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental illness marked by intense emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal instability. People with the disorder may battle feelings of self-doubt, self-image problems, and low self worth. They may have difficulty establishing fulfilling relationships with others and struggle to find meaning in their lives. They often have difficulty controlling their emotional reactions, and the behavior that follows can result in self-injury. With understanding, knowledge, and help, BPD can often be successfully treated.

How We Can Help

The Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center maintains a database of clinicians, agencies, and facilities nationwide with experience in the treatment of BPD and co-existing disorders. If you believe you or a loved one may have BPD, contact the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center at 888-694-2273 or at Only a mental health professional can diagnose BPD after a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Our compassionate certified social workers can help you determine the next steps for you or your loved one and connect you and your family members with resources in your area.

Did You Know…

  • Borderline personality disorder is relatively common, affecting as many as 1 in every 25 people – 16 million Americans, or 1.6 percent of adults in the United States.
  • BPD symptoms most commonly begin in adolescence to early adulthood, though they can begin in childhood.
  • As many as 80 percent of people with BPD think about committing suicide, and up to 10 percent of them do.
  • People with BPD are often misdiagnosed with other mental illnesses, such as anxiety or depression.
  • Once accurately diagnosed, BPD is treatable and recovery is possible – with most people able to live meaningful, productive lives.

Are You in Crisis Now?

If you or someone you know is in crisis:

  • Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. You can call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Learn more about BPD:

Back From the Edge is a documentary that weaves the personal accounts of three patients with BPD and their families with commentary from top experts in the field. Their stories reveal how the proper diagnosis and treatment of BPD can bring someone from the fringes of devastation back to rebuilding relationships and a better life.

What is BPD?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by a persistent instability of emotions, behaviors, and/or relationships.

A Treatable Disorder

Diagnosis is often a relief when people with BPD realize others understand their experience and treatment options exist.

The Good Prognosis

BPD is treatable and people can get better, sustain manageable lives, and rebuild relationships.