PLEASE do not attempt to diagnose
someone...this criteria is meant to be used by professionals. It may,
however, help to shed some light of some of the behaviors which you have
been seeing and to let you know what is "typical" or may be expected from
an individual who has been diagnosed with BPD.
A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships,
self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood
and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (5) or more of
1. frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. NOTE: Do
not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.
2. a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships
characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
3. identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image
or sense of self
4. impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging
(e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
NOTE: Do not include suicidal or self-mutiliating behavior covered in
5. recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or
6. affect instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense
episodic dysphoria [unpleasant mood], irritability, or anxiety usually
lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
7. chronic feelings of emptiness
8. inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g.,
frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
9. transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative
symptoms [i.e., the affect does not match the emotional tone, etc.]
Please note that Borderline organization is a continuum...some people have
Borderline traits, others a Borderline Personality Disorder...and there are
a full spectrum of behaviors and intensities...there are "high functioning
Borderlines" whose symptoms may be very subtle...there are "full blown
Borderlines" who match all or most of the criteria in there full intensity.