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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.

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. Watch Back From the Edge in English or in Spanish.

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.

Are You in Crisis?

If you or someone you know is in crisis:

Call 911 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 in your area. You can call anytime: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Could You Have BPD?

Experiencing BPD may include any combination of the following:

  • Fears of abandonment
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Unstable self-image
  • Difficulty managing emotions
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Self-injuring acts
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Transient psychotic episodes

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How We Can Help

We maintain a database of clinicians, agencies, and facilities located nationwide with experience treating BPD and co-occurring disorders.

Our message center is monitored by certified social workers dedicated to helping you determine the appropriate next steps for you and connecting you to resources in your area.


Before You Contact BPDRC