Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) - Risks
What risks and complications can BPD cause?
It is common for people who have borderline personality disorder (BPD) to self-harm. Some people find self-harming can help them to deal with painful feelings. But it can cause serious injury, scars, infections, or accidental death. A big focus of BPD treatment is to find other ways to deal with painful emotions.
Drugs and alcohol
People with BPD may:
- behave impulsively,
- drink too much alcohol,
- misuse prescription medication,or
- take illegal drugs.
You may be at an increased risk of becoming dependent on alcohol or drugs if you have BPD.
If you drink a lot of alcohol or use drugs, you may find it difficult to get BPD treatment. You may be less likely to want help, or your substance use may get in the way of your treatment.
When you have a mental illness and a problem with drink or drugs, professionals call this ‘dual diagnosis’.
You can find more about ‘Dual Diagnosis’ here.
When people make decisions quickly without thinking about the consequences, doctors call this ‘impulsive’. This can include driving erratically, having more sexual partners, and spending money without thinking.
If you have BPD you may have unprotected sex with people you don’t know very well. This can lead to sexually transmitted diseases or an unwanted pregnancy.
BPD may cause you to gamble without thinking about the possible outcomes. You might spend your rent money or get pay day loans. This can lead to debt.
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