Diagnosing borderline personality disorder (BPD) is complex, even trained mental health professionals may have difficulty with the diagnosis because the symptoms of BDP can vary dramatically between people. A range of BPD symptoms exist and are grouped into nine categories. To be diagnosed with BPD you must exhibit frequently at least five of these nine symptoms:

  • Intense worries about abandonment and strong efforts to avoid it

  • Unpredictable, rocky relationships

  • Uncertainty about self-identity

  • Reckless, risky behaviors

  • Self-harming behaviors

  • Highly volatile emotions

  • Profound feelings of hollowness or emptiness

  • Easily provoked rage

  • Short-term flights from reality