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Borderline Personality Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria

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  (or  more)  of  the  following:

  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-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.)
  5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
  6. Affective  instability  due  to  a  marked  reactivity  of  mood (e.g.,  intense  episodic  dysphasia,  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.