According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 1.6 percent of U.S. adults are diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, but it could be as high as 5.9 percent. Nearly 75 percent of those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder are women and often require hospitalization because of the severity of their symptoms.
Individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder have symptoms identified with the mnemonic PRAISE:
Abandonment fears, angry outbursts, affective instability
Identity disturbance, impulsive behavior
Because of the severe instability of emotions and impulsive behaviors, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder tend to say, “I feel like I’m losing my mind” or “I’m so misunderstood.” Often, they are perceived as emotionally unstable from those who know them and have difficulties maintaining jobs, completing their education, or experiencing fulfilling relationships.