Borderline personality disorder diagnosis

If you are worried that you have a mental health problem, you should always speak with your GP. If your doctor thinks that you may have borderline personality disorder (BPD) they will refer you to see a psychiatrist to give you a full assessment.

The psychiatrist will ask you about how you feel and your life history. They may also speak to other people close to you. If you are experiencing at least 5 symptoms, you may be diagnosed with BPD.

A psychiatrist may refer you to your local community mental health team (CMHT).

BPD can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to other mental illnesses, such as depression, psychosis and bipolar disorder.

Depending on your situation, one session may not be long enough to decide which diagnosis best fits your symptoms. You may be also be offered different treatments. If you don’t think you’ve been given the correct diagnosis or treatment, you can discuss this with a mental health professional.

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