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What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complex mental disorder that is often misunderstood. People with this disorder are frequently discriminated against and stigmatised.

Symptoms for people with this disorder include emotional distress, self-harm, difficulty relating to others and the world around them. This can be very distressing for the person and for people close to them.

Currently between 1% and 4% of Australians, that's 250,000 to 1,000,000 individuals are affected by BPD at some stage in their lives. The symptoms of the disorder usually first appear in mid to late teens or in early adulthood, with women three times more likely to be diagnosed with BPD than men.

The causes of BPD are not fully understood.  They are likely to involve biological, social and/or environmental factors. For some people these factors may relate to childhood experiences of trauma or neglect.

Contrary to common belief, people with BPD can recover! With early diagnosis, appropriate treatment and support the prognosis for people with BPD is positive.

Having BPD is not deliberate; it is a disorder people do not choose to have. And, people can recover!

A guide to BPD developed by the RANZCP.

Embracing Borderline Personality Disorder - Dr Keith Gaynor (2013)

Lived Experience Presentations

It's time to talk about Mental Health - a Vic Government initiative
Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime but too many people don’t speak up for fear of stigma and discrimination.

Darce: talks about receiving the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder to illustrate to others how we are all affected by different mental health challenges, and to offer hope to anyone who may be struggling.

Donna talks on the themes: trauma, borderline personality disorder, schizophrenia, suicide, acute care

Borderline Personality Disorder: stigma to strength with Mahlie Jewell and A/Prof Sathya Rao  

BPD and healing relationships - Prof Brin Grenyer 

Mahlie speaks about her journey with BPD, the struggles, personal successes and her strength as she "lives her truths"

An interview done by Mahlie for the MUSE magazine.

Aaron - speaks about his life with BPD and his subsequent recovery. This is a recording taken at the Sanctuary Carer Support Group meeting Jan 2018

Living with borderline personality disorder: Aaron's story

Haley - Borderline Personality Disorder — breaking the stigma, exploding the myth

Haley - on neuro-plasticity, trauma & experience. Neuroscientist Dr Haley Peckham talks about her research as “the biological mechanisms that translate our lived experience in the world into changes in the brain" and how these mechanisms “can be harnessed to influence people’s recovery from the impacts of trauma”.  (presentation draws on Dr Peckham’s personal experience of surviving a history of complex trauma

BPD-what works?

A podcast  from ABC Radio National - November 2014.  Download audio or transcript

Maree - Using Art Therapy to aid recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

What is BPD?
by Kierra van Gelder (author of "The Buddha and The Borderline")

The Sashbear Foundation in Canada has created a series of videos "Having a Life Worth Living" in which people share what it's like for them living with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) .

We need to talk about Mental Health - Marnie shares her story about BPD and talks abput what you can do if you or someone you love is struggling

Life On The Border: Tania Lacy on Borderline Personality Disorder

All About Personality Disorders

For the DSM-V diagnostic criteria for BPD and the ICD-11 diagnostic criteria go to Diagnostic Criteria for BPD (USA)      X