Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects twice the amount of people who suffer from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
At least 20 percent of psychiatric inpatients are eventually diagnosed with the disorder. It is a persistent and exhausting illness characterized by deep emotional pain and instability in many areas of the sufferer’s life.
Ten percent of BPD sufferers succumb to suicide, a higher rate than any other mental illness. Those with BPD are often thought to be “chronically suicidal.”
Despite the seriousness of the disorder, or maybe because of it, borderline personality disorder remains greatly misunderstood.