The Prevention of Suicide in Teens with Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness which is commonly marked by unstable moods, difficulty in regulating emotions and thoughts, impulsivity in behavior, and intense, unstable relationships.  Teens with borderline personality disorder often have other emotional disorders including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse.

Although many people continue to believe that borderline personality disorder is difficult to treat, research has shown that the disorder can be effectively treated. It is very important that treatment for this disorder is sought because suicide prevention for teen borderline personality disorder begins with effective treatment.

Teens with borderline personality disorder have an 80 percent rate of self-injurious behaviors which include suicide, suicide attempts, and self-inflicted violence, such as cutting.  Unfortunately, between 4 to 9 percent of individuals with borderline personality disorder are successful in committing suicide.

Suicide is one of the most tragic outcomes of mental illness, and is especially tragic when it takes the life of a young adult. It is worth repeating that there is effective treatment for individuals with borderline personality disorder and this treatment is the first line of defense in the battle for suicide prevention for teen borderline personality disorder.

Psychotherapy has proven to be a very effective treatment of the disorder, however most therapies take years to reach a satisfactory outcome.   To most effectively prevent suicide, it requires education of parents, teachers, and community partners.  It is recommended that parents become aware of the symptoms of depression.

Although there is no medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug administration for the disorder, antidepressants are sometimes used to treat depression which is a frequent related disorder.