Borderline personality disorder

CMAJ. 2005 Jun 7;172(12):1579-83. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.045281.


Borderline personality disorder is a chronic psychiatric disorder characterized by marked impulsivity, instability of mood and interpersonal relationships, and suicidal behaviour that can complicate medical care. Identifying this diagnosis is important for treatment planning. Although the cause of borderline personality disorder is uncertain, most patients improve with time. There is an evidence base for treatment using both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. The clinical challenge centres on managing chronic suicidality.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Borderline Personality Disorder* / diagnosis
  • Borderline Personality Disorder* / epidemiology
  • Borderline Personality Disorder* / psychology
  • Borderline Personality Disorder* / therapy
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Prognosis
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology


  • Psychotropic Drugs