People who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder have usually experienced significant trauma, often as a child. Trauma can have a long-term impact on the way that a person feels about themselves and copes with life events. Trauma can leave people feeling unsafe in relationships.People who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder may experience very intense emotions in response to life events and feel quickly overwhelmed. They may make quick decisions based on their immediate needs and current feelings. People who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder often dislike themselves and can find it difficult to trust other people. A person who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder may find relationships challenging as they can feel confused, upset or threatened by other people’s actions.
… problems with trust … is something that workers need to be aware of. Lack of trust means that a lot of patience is needed when building the support relationship.
- A person with lived experience of a mental health condition
The thoughts and behaviours of people who receive this diagnosis make sense in the context of their life experiences. When we omit these life experiences, their behaviours appear unacceptable and stigma continues.
Project Air – A Personality Disorders StrategyThe Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders is an internationally recognised leader in research, education and treatments for personality disorders. The website has a range of useful fact sheets.What are Personality Disorders? (Fact Sheet)This fact sheet has information about borderline personality disorder, symptoms, behaviours and treatment.Type: Fact sheetsLength: 1 PageProduced by: Project AirBorderline personality disorder (BPD) (Fact Sheet)This fact sheet provides an overview of BPD, the causes, symptoms and treatment options. The site also provides a guide to support people experiencing BPD, their family, friends and carers. Type: Fact sheetsEstimated reading time: 5 minutes Produced by: SANE AustraliaWhat is personality disorder? (Translated Fact Sheets)The fact sheet “What is a personality disorder”, is available with translations in a range of languages.Type: Fact sheetLength: 6 pagesProduced by: Embrace Multicultural Mental HealthTranslations: Yes
Types of mental health conditions