What Are the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder in Women?

Women with borderline personality disorder may experience wild mood swings and impulsive, risky behavior.
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Borderline personality disorder is a disorder in which a person cannot properly regulate her emotions. More women are reported to have it than men. The disorder can cause a woman to lose a sense of who she is and can result in an inability to maintain stable relationships. Some of the other symptoms of borderline personality disorder in women are mood swings, self-destructive behaviors, and extreme behaviors. Sufferers of this disorder may also change their mind about decisions such as careers, sexual orientation, and how they feel about a particular person.

A woman with borderline personality disorder may not know who she is. This lack of self-identity has nothing to do with amnesia, but rather has to do with a woman not having a clear sense of her personality, likes, and dislikes. This may be one characteristic of borderline personality disorder in women. A woman with the disorder may also have an inability to keep stable relationships. The disorder may also lead a woman to engage in activities such as manipulation, selfishness, and abuse that may damage her relationships.

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder in women may also include splitting. A woman with the disorder often only sees a person as all good or all bad. The result is that a woman may intensely adore a person one moment, and loathe him the next. Symptoms of the disorder may also include inappropriate anger or temper tantrums. A woman may also try to harm herself or may act suicidal.


Engaging in risky or extreme behaviors are also symptoms of borderline personality disorder in women. In addition, a woman with the disorder may participate in binge eating and shopping sprees she can’t afford. She may also engage in risky sex behaviors. Other symptoms of borderline personality disorder in women include intense moods that can last several days, feeling empty or isolated, and substance abuse. A woman may also have a fear of abandonment, regardless of if the threat is real or not.

Though it is not known what causes borderline personality disorder in women, there are some treatment options. Therapy can often help a woman with this disorder. There are also different drugs and mood stabilizers that can be taken. Any other conditions, such as drug and alcohol abuse, should also be dealt with. With treatment, it is possible for a woman to live a normal life and enjoy stable relationships.


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