DSM-IV-TR states that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is diagnosed predominantly (about 75%) in females. A 3:1 female to male gender ratio is quite pronounced for a mental disorder and, consequently, has led to speculation about its cause and to some empirical research.
What percentage of the population has borderline personality disorder?
Its estimated that 1.4% of the adult U.S. population experiences BPD. Nearly 75% of people diagnosed with BPD are women. Recent research suggests that men may be equally affected by BPD, but are commonly misdiagnosed with PTSD or depression.
What does BPD look like in females?
A person with BPD may also be aggressive, hurt themself, and abuse drugs or alcohol. Her self-identity, which may include long-term goals, career plans or jobs, friendships, relationships with loved ones, or values, is not stable over time and often changes.
Which personality disorder is most likely to be diagnosed in women?
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 1994) notes that (a) borderline personality disorder occurs more often in females; (b) histrionic and dependent personality disorders may occur more often in females; (c) schizoid, schizotypal, paranoid, antisocial,