Did you know that BPD affects….
- Six to ten million Americans – or, about the population of New York City, twice that of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
- 2% to 6% of the general population
- At least 10% of all mental health outpatients
- At least 20% of psychiatric inpatients
- 75-90% of those diagnosed with BPD are women. This may reflect that women seek treatment more often, and that men with these or similar symptoms may be entering the penal system after receiving a diagnosis of Antisocial Personality Disorder.
- Several treatment modalities (insert hyperlink) have been shown to be helpful in treating people with BPD. When proper treatment is received and implemented, patients with BPD may have a good prognosis. Treatment may include, but may not be limited to, Psychoeducation, medication, support groups, and psychotherapy.
- 10%, or one in ten, people with BPD commit suicide. 33% of youth who commit suicide have features, or traits, of BPD. This number is 400 times higher than the general population, and young women with BPD have a suicide rate of 800 times higher than the general population. Early intervention and treatment is critical to obtaining a successful outcome.