The Red Flags: Catching Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms

borderline personality disorder symptoms

The Red Flags: Catching Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms

Teenagers are typically predictable in their unpredictability. One moment they’re slamming the door in your face–the next, they’re acting like the sweet child they used to be all the time. Adolescence is a roller-coaster of social and hormonal factors, making it a perfect recipe for instability–but sometimes it’s more than instability. It can be hard for parents to discern between borderline personality disorder symptoms and regular teen moodiness.

Through our years of experience combined with studies and research, we’ve compiled a list of borderline personality disorder symptoms to watch for.

How to tell if it’s not just “teen angst”

A teen’s mood is rarely “stable,” but there’s a difference between your son slamming the door in your face and more extreme behaviors. A teen with borderline personality disorder will have more frequent and more drastic behavioral issues–and these issues will interfere with their school, social, and working life.

For example, a teen without borderline personality disorder may get mad, slam the door in your face, and seeth for an hour or so. A teen with the disorder may get mad, slam the door, and proceed to use drugs or alcohol to cope with the emotions. This is because teens with this disorder really struggle to work through these intense emotions, causing them to lash out in dangerous ways.

Identifying borderline personality disorder symptoms

borderline personality disorder symptomsFor someone to be officially diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, they must show 5 out of the 9 criteria in the DSM-5. The symptoms vary, but usually last for more than a year, are unrelated to a separate psychiatric disorder, and include seriously poor regulation of behavior and mood.

Borderline personality disorder symptoms include:

  1. Distressed efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  2. Pattern of unstable, extreme interpersonal relationships defined by going between idealization and devaluation.
  3. Persistently unable to form a stable self-image or sense of self.
  4. Drastically impulsive in at least two possibly self-damaging areas (substance abuse, reckless driving, disordered eating, sex).
  5. Self-harming or suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats.
  6. Instability often brought on by reactivity of mood (ex. Intense episodic irritability or anxiety lasting a few hours or more than a few days).
  7. Recurring feelings of emptiness.
  8. Frequent intense, inappropriate anger or issues controlling temper.
  9. Severe dissociative symptoms or stress-related paranoia.

If you believe you’ve recognized borderline personality disorder symptoms in your child, it’s critical to reach out to a professional for further guidance.

ViewPoint is here for your family

ViewPoint Center is an assessment center for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide treatment through superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis. We strive to provide the best help for troubled teens through the most efficient and effective methods available. Our goal is to help your child through this hard time.  

Before ViewPoint, families are often frustrated and lost. Varying doctors and therapists with a range of advice, diagnoses, and plans leaves parents and children unsure of where to turn. At ViewPoint, we centralize all of the different diagnoses, and create a comprehensive report for you and your family to get back on track. Let us help you.

For more information about how we treat borderline personality disorder symptoms at ViewPoint Center, contact us today at 801-825-5222.


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