The despair of Borderline Personality Disorder patients is usually associated with self-destructive and impulsive behaviors, and therefore BPD patients almost always have coexisting mental health problems that lead to an exacerbation of the patient's psychological and physical health. These most often include:
- Major Depressive Disorder: Approximately 60%
- Dysthymia (chronic, mild to moderate depression): Approximately 70%
- Substance abuse: Approximately 35%
- Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating) : Approximately 25%
- Bipolar disorder: Approximately 15%
- Antisocial Personality Disorder: Approximately 25%
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Approximately 25%
- Self-Injury: Approximately 55%-85%
People with BPD may also have issues with
- Compulsive spending and/or gambling
- Compulsive and risky sexual behavior
- Suicidal ideation
It is therefore important to note that any treatment center or professional used to help a patient with Borderline Personality Disorder should have training and expertise in these co-existing disorders as well.
Helpful links to sites that provide direct information on these individual conditions can be found on our
Additional Resources Section.