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Are Those with Borderline Personality Disorder at High Risk for Suicide?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects nearly 4 million people in the United States, according to Very Well Mind. Individuals with BPD often experience mood swings and changes in self-image, as well as changes in behavior. Since those with BPD often experience changing perceptions of themselves and their role in the world, their interests and values can often change fast. Dissociation is also a symptom of BPD, which involves feeling “outside” of one’s body or feelings of unreality. If you have been diagnosed with BPD, the symptoms you experience may be significantly affecting your daily life, in various aspects: work, school, family, and social life may be heavily impacted, also making it difficult for you to form lasting relationships.

Since BPD is often misunderstood and stigmatized, unfortunately there is an elevated risk for suicide with this disorder. This is often related to the negative emotionality and impulsivity experienced, as well as the fact that BPD can be quite chronic and can often occur alongside other mental disorders, further increasing one’s risk. A 2017 study published in the journal Archives of Suicide Research sought to explore the relationship between patterns of non-suicidal self-injury, their severity, and suicidal attempts among 107 fifteen to twenty-five-year-olds. The researchers found that self-harm with less severity tended to occur more regularly for those with BPD, while an increase in self-harm predicting an instance of a suicide attempt within approximately a month later.

While a direct cause for the disorder is unknown, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) emphasizes several risk factors that could lead to the development of BPD:

  • Having a parent or other close family member with the disorder could increase one’s chances of developing it
  • Previous studies have suggested that the brain’s structural and functional changes could impact this disorder developing
  • Many people with BPD have reported experiencing abuse, abandonment, unstable relationships, and more during their childhood years, which could also contribute to this disorder

At times, your symptoms may seem too heavy of a burden to carry. The great news is that BPD is treatable – with the right treatment center, you can develop the tools you need to better manage your symptoms, leading you to living a happier, healthier life. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional today to learn more about treatment programs.

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