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Emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) which is also known as ‘borderline personality disorder' (BPD), is the most common type of personality disorder. This condition typically causes individuals to experience intense and fluctuating emotions, which can last anywhere from a few hours to several days at a time. These emotions can range from extreme happiness, euphoria and self-belief, to crushing feelings of sadness and worthlessness later the same day. In addition, it is not uncommon for individuals with EUPD to also experience suicidal thoughts and engage in self-harming behaviours. The rapid and extreme fluctuations in mood that are associated with EUPD can often make it difficult for sufferers to maintain stable personal relationships.

Symptoms of EUPD include:

  • Impulsivity
  • Mood swings
  • An overwhelming fear of abandonment
  • Extreme anxiety and irritability
  • Anger
  • Paranoia and being suspicious of other people
  • Feeling empty, hopeless and worthless
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-harm
  • Having a pattern of unstable or shallow relationships
  • Rapidly changing your opinions of other people
  • Dissociation – feeling as though you have lost touch with reality
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