What is BPD?

Is this you? Someone you know?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that centers on the inability to manage emotions effectively.  The disorder occurs in the context of relationships:  sometimes all relationships are affected, sometimes only one.

While some persons with BPD are high functioning in certain settings, their private lives may be in turmoil.  Other disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and other personality disorders. can often exist along with BPD

The diagnosis of BPD is frequently missed  and a  misdiagnosis of the BPD diagnosis has been shown to delay and/or prevent recovery.   Bipolar disorder is one example of a misdiagnosis as it also includes mood instability.


NEABPD RECEIVES AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION’S 2012 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD. See video and read Dr John Oldham’s speech at Award Ceremony. Edward Kennedy Keynote Speaker.

APA AWARD“The award is given in recognition of signficant contributions to the APA and the field of American psychiatry.  The dedication and committment of the NEABPD to the APA and psychiatry have made an immeasurable contribution to the profession and association.   Other 2012 winners: Kay Redfield Jamison, Jeremy Lazarus, and W. Walter Menninger.


What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious and often life-threatening disorder that is characterized by severe emotional pain and difficulties managing emotions. The problems associated with BPD include impulsivity (including suicidality and self-harm), severe negative emotion such as anger and/or shame, chaotic relationships, an extreme fear of abandonment, and accompanying difficulties maintaining a stable and accepting sense of self.  And, there is hope! (more…)