Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that causes significant problems and impairment in people's lives. It's one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions, partly because it gets confused with a bad temper or having an emotional personality. But BPD is something very different — and it can be devastating for those who have it, their families, and the loved ones who care about them.

Fear of abandonment

Fear of abandonment is a natural feeling that most people experience at some point in their lives. The fear is commonly triggered by real or imagined loss, such as divorce or death of a loved one. However, for those with borderline personality disorder (BPD), this fear can take on an overpowering quality where the person feels as if they’re going to die if someone leaves them. This exaggerated response often stems from early childhood experiences that are imprinted on the brain in ways we don’t fully understand yet.

Feeling empty

Feeling empty is not a unique symptom of BPD. Feelings of emptiness are common and can be a symptom of other mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, or even a physical health condition. If you feel empty, it's important to see your doctor so they can figure out what's going on and help you get better.

If you don't have BPD but are struggling with feelings of emptiness, there are things you can do to improve them. Sometimes it's helpful just to connect with others in ways that aren't so intense or draining—this could mean having coffee with someone instead of spending an entire day together; it could also mean taking up an activity that engages your mind in a different way (like painting). But most importantly: don't beat yourself up if this doesn't work perfectly at first! Life is messy and change takes time; try something else if one thing doesn't work well enough for you.

Unstable relationships

As a borderline, you will have an intense desire to be close to other people. You may feel like you need the attention and support of others in order to feel good about yourself. You might even feel as if your life depends on it. This is because you tend to see relationships as essential for validation or survival. But there's a flipside: the fear that if someone leaves or rejects you, it would be devastating for your mental health (even though most people would not consider this type of reaction abnormal).

However, it's important to remember that this desire can turn into something negative—a neediness for constant reassurance from others—which causes problems in long-term relationships.

Impulsive, self-destructive behavior

When you have BPD, you may engage in behaviors that are self-destructive. You may harm yourself or attempt suicide. You might also engage in risky sexual behaviors or spend money recklessly when you don’t have enough to cover your needs. Eating disorders can be another form of self-harm as well because they can lead to malnutrition and even death.

Intense mood swings

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that can make you feel like your emotions are out of control. It’s common for people with BPD to experience intense and frequent mood changes, including depression, anxiety, anger, and irritability.

Bipolar disorder is also characterized by rapid swings in mood between periods of depression and periods of mania or hypomania (feeling very happy and energetic). The symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

  • Depression: Feeling sad or down most days; losing interest in things you once enjoyed; feeling hopeless about the future; having trouble concentrating or remembering details; sleeping too much or having trouble sleeping; feeling guilty about things that aren’t true; feeling agitated or restless all day long — even when there isn’t enough time to do something else instead!
  • Manic episodes: Feeling very happy/excited/elated/full of energy even though nothing has really changed — seeing only good things around them at every turn no matter how bad anything really might be right now…

Having an unstable sense of self

If you have borderline personality disorder, it's likely that you'll experience unstable emotions, mood swings and self-image. You may experience episodes of intense anger or sadness. You may also be impulsive—for example, having affairs or spending large amounts of money on items you can't afford.

Your relationships are likely to be unstable because of the problems with your sense of self and tendency toward impulsive behavior. This can lead to difficulty maintaining a long-term relationship or staying in love with someone else.

You may feel empty inside and lonely even when surrounded by friends or family members who care about you deeply. Because the world often seems harsh and hostile, some people with borderline personality disorder engage in risky behavior such as substance abuse or unprotected sex in an effort to fill this emptiness they feel inside themselves (and which sometimes leads them into abusive relationships as well).

Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious mental illness that causes significant problems and impairment in people's lives.

BPD is a serious mental illness that causes significant problems and impairment in people’s lives. People with BPD often have difficulty regulating their emotions, which can lead to intense episodes of anger, depression, anxiety and/or panic attacks.

If you are worried about yourself or a loved one with BPD speaking to a professional is recommended to help manage symptoms and get better overall quality of life.


Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious mental illness that causes significant problems and impairment in people's lives. Symptoms include fear of abandonment, unstable relationships, impulsive behavior, intense mood swings and an unstable sense of self. Treatment can help people with Borderline Personality Disorder lead better lives by reducing their symptoms and helping them learn to cope with their illness.