Borderline Personality Disorder features 5 or more of 9 symptoms. These 9 symptoms are remembered by the word PRAISE

Borderline Personality Disorder

Although written in 1997, this article on Borderline Personality Disorder, remains helpful. The drugs used to treat this disorder have changed and tricyclics and MAOIs are rarely used. The newer antipsychotics, especially Aripiprazole (Abilify) may be effective.

P:  Paranoid Ideas (transient, stress related) or Dissociative Symptoms

R: Relationships - very unstable & intense

A: Anger - inappropriate, intense, difficulty to control

     Abandonment - feelings of real or imagined abandonment

     Affective Instability - marked mood swings (usually lasting a few hours)

I:  Impulsivity - in areas that are self-damaging (sex, substance abuse, spending)

     Identity Disturbance - very unstable self-image or sense of self

S:  Suicidal Behavior -  (self-mutilating behavior or threats)

E:  Emptiness feelings