I suppose you could argue that almost everyone has a moment of impulsive behaviour at some point in their lives, some more often than others.
This is something you might be asking if you think you have BPD or have noticed some changes in a friend, partner or family member that you can’t quite explain. In truth, there are far too many symptoms of BPD to name them all here, but we do at least know the main ones and you often find all the others somehow fit into those main categories of symptoms.
The 9 main symptoms are…
1. Fear of Abandonment
2. Unstable Relationships
3. Unclear or Shifting Self-Image
4. Impulsive, Self-Destructive Behaviour
6. Extreme Emotional Swings
7. Chronic Feelings of Emptiness
8. Explosive Anger
9. Feeling Suspicious or Out of Touch With Reality
To be at least initially diagnosed for BPD you need to show signs of at least 5 of those symptoms. Some may be mild, some you might not have at all and some of them can even be attributed to a determination of physical health as well as mental health. You can learn all about those main 9 symptoms and many others in the posts below.