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Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Explains borderline personality disorder (BPD), also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD), including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Could my diagnosis be wrong?

Some symptoms of BPD can be very similar to other mental health problems, including:

Depending on your mood and what's going on in your life when you speak to a mental health professional, they might find it hard to understand which diagnosis best fits your experiences and might offer you treatment for something other than BPD. It's also possible to experience BPD and other mental health problems at the same time.

"I had the wrong diagnosis for nearly 30 years and felt like a freak, because when reading up about the diagnosis I was given there was no mention of [my other symptoms]."

What can I do if I disagree with my diagnosis?

If you're worried that your diagnosis doesn't fit the way you feel, it's important to discuss it with a mental health professional so you can make sure you're getting the right treatment to help you.

See our pages on seeking help for a mental health problem for information on how to make sure your voice is heard, and what you can do if you're not happy with your doctor.

This information was published in January 2018. We will revise it in 2021.

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