What Are the Borderline Personality Disorder Traits?

What are the borderline personality disorder traits?

Here are the traits of borderline personality disorder classified based on four aspects.

Traits involving emotions:

1. Shifts in mood lasting only a few hours.
2. Anger that is inappropriate, intense or uncontrollable.

Traits involving behavior:

3. Self-destructive acts, such as self-mutilation or suicidal threats and gestures that happen more than once
4. Two potentially self-damaging impulsive behaviors. These could include alcohol and other drug abuse, compulsive spending, gambling, eating disorders, shoplifting, reckless driving, compulsive sexual behavior.

Traits involving identity:

5. Marked, persistent identity disturbance shown by uncertainty in at least two areas. These areas can include self-image, sexual orientation, career choice or other long-term goals, friendships, values.
6. Chronic feelings of emptiness or boredom.

Traits involving relationships:

7. Unstable, chaotic intense relationships characterized by splitting (see below).
8. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

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