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BPD is one among several personality disorders (e.g., narcissistic personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder). According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), personality disorders are generally characterized by:

  • Entrenched patterns of behavior that deviate significantly from the usual expectations of behavior of the individual’s culture.
  • Behavior patterns that are pervasive, inflexible, and resistant to change.
  • Emergence of the disorder’s features no later than early adulthood (unlike depression, for example, which can begin at any age).
  • Lack of awareness that behavior patterns and personality characteristics are problematic or that they differ from those of other individuals.
  • Distress and impairment in one or more areas of a person’s life (often only after other people get upset about his or her behavior).
  • Behavior patterns that are not better accounted for by the effects of substance abuse, medication, or some other mental disorder or medical condition (e.g., head injury).

BPD is a complex and serious mental illness. Individuals with BPD are often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. A history of childhood trauma (e.g., physical or sexual abuse, neglect, early parental loss) is more common for individuals with BPD. In fact, many individuals with BPD may have developed BPD symptoms as a way to cope with childhood trauma. However, it is important to note that not all individuals with BPD have a history of childhood trauma. It is also important to note that some of the symptoms of BPD overlap with those of several other DSM-5 diagnoses, such as bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therefore, a diagnosis of BPD should be made only by a licensed and experienced mental health professional (whose scope of practice includes diagnosing mental disorders) and then only after a thorough assessment over time.


1. Borderline personality Disorder (BPD) affects what percentage of all psychiatric outpatients?

  • 1.6%
  • 5.9%
  • 10%
  • None of the above

2. A history of childhood trauma is more common for individuals with BPD

  • True
  • False

3. Some of the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder overlap with those of several other DSM-5 diagnosis such as:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Both A and B
  • None of the above

Course Description:

This 3 CE home study course introduces professional care providers to borderline personality disorder (BPD) and co-occurring Substance Use Disorders (SUD). The course material covers signs and symptoms of BPD, with or without co-occurring substance use disorder, monitoring clients for self-harm and suicide, and referrals to treatment. The course discusses suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury behaviors and prevalence, the relationship between BPD and SUDs, briefly discusses pharmacotherapy for BPD and SUD’s, and what treatments are available for individuals with BPD and SUDs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the DSM-5 criterion for BPD.
  • Discuss pharmacotherapy for BPD and SUDs.
  • Discuss the relationship between BPD and SUD.
  • Describe the prevalence of nonsuicidal self-injury behaviors.
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Final Quiz