It is estimated that up to 7 million people in America suffer from borderline personality disorder, with three times as many women as men being diagnosed. Patients with borderline personality disorder suffer from serious instability in mood, personal relationships, and behavior.
It causes great distress to the patient and their families, as well as has a serious impact on their daily functioning and work life. Borderline patients are at significant rate for self-injury and suicide attempt. Borderline patients also make up 20% of all inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations.
Treatment is usually psychotherapy and behavioral modification. Medication can be used with the choice being directed towards the predominant behavior being displayed, like anti-depressants for depressive behavior, or antipsychotic medications for altered thinking.