A teenage boy in a hoodie sits with his arms folded leaning his head in his arms and looks down with puzzled look on his face.

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others. It can include issues with how you see yourself, difficulties managing emotions and behaviour and patterns of unstable relationships.

Borderline personality disorder involves an intense fear of abandonment or instability, and it can feel difficult to tolerate being alone. As a result of this fear, people experiencing borderline personality disorder may act angrily or impulsively and experience severe mood swings, which can make them feel more isolated. 

If you think you might be experiencing borderline personality disorder, get help by speaking to a GP or mental health provider. With support and treatment, people with the condition can get better and live happy, fulfilling lives. 

More information and support:

HSE Website: hse.ie

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a very useful treatment programme for people who are experiencing or have recently been diagnosed with BPD. for more information please visit hse.ie


If you’re thinking about suicide or self-harm or if you need help right away, call 999 or 112

There are also specific support lines that you can call:

Samaritans Ireland – 116 123

Pieta House – 1800 247 247


Childline can also be contacted by any child or young person by calling 1800 66 66 66, texting to 50101 or chatting online at Childline.ie 24 hours a day, every day.

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