BPD is ultimately characterized by the emotional turmoil it causes. People who have it feel emotions much more intensely and for longer periods of time. It is harder for them to return to a stable baseline after an emotionally intense event.
BPD affects approximately 1.6% to 5.9% of the population.
70% of people with BPD will have at least one suicide attempt in their lifetime. Many will make multiple attempts.
One in ten will complete suicide This is more than 50 times the rate of suicide in the general population.
BPD is more common than bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
20% of inpatients admitted to psychiatric hospitals have BPD.
55%-85% of adults with BPD self-injure their bodies.