Behavior Issues: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder in Men

Posted February 6, 2020 by in Health + Fitness
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An estimated 1.4% of US adults have borderline personality disorder, and roughly 75% of them are women. We still have a lot to learn about borderline personality disorder, from causes to treatment to the way gender may affect this diagnosis.

Women are more likely to have borderline personality disorder. As a result, we often to neglect the specific symptoms of borderline personality disorder in men. Read on to find out more about this disability and how it may be affecting you or a man in your life:

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

First and foremost, we need to recognize the disability borderline personality disorder presents. Without acknowledging it as a disability, we may fail to understand how it affects a person. We may also fail to treat it properly.

If someone has a personality disorder, it means that they may behave in ways that harm themselves or others. In doing so, they are perceiving their behavior as completely normal or justified. Personality disorders will also affect a person’s thought patterns in a similar way.

Recognizing Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder comes with a set of symptoms that can cause your loved one to behave in ways that you may find inexplicable or harmful. 

People with borderline personality disorder may exhibit extreme or even inappropriate emotions. This may manifest as jealousy or an inability to accept criticism. It may also lead to threats or manipulative reactions in the face of potential (or perceived) abandonment.

Borderline personality disorder also tends to lead to impulsive behaviors. You may notice a constant and swift change in self-identity that appears to be all-encompassing but brief.

People with borderline personality disorder may also engage in gambling and substance abuse. They are also at risk of self-harm and self-sabotage.

Finally, people who suffer from borderline personality disorder often have a history or pattern of rocky or unstable relationships. 

Specific Qualities of Borderline Personality Disorder in Men

For both men and women, borderline personality disorder may be caused by family history. It may also be caused by structural changes in the brain or traumatic experiences.

However, there is still quite a bit of research to be done on this topic. For example, it is unclear if these structural changes in the brain cause borderline personality disorder or if it’s the other way around.

There is still quite a bit of research to be done in regards to the differences in borderline personality disorder in men and women. One study found that men with borderline personality disorder are more likely to exhibit substance abuse issues. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to exhibit symptoms of eating disorders or posttraumatic stress disorders.

This same study also found that men with borderline personality disorder have an increased chance of exhibiting the symptoms of antisocial personality disorder. Those with antisocial personality disorder may have a history of manipulation or exploitation. They may also have a history of inflicting harm upon others without exhibiting signs of remorse.


Borderline personality disorder in men can present many obstacles and difficulties, but it is treatable. The best thing to do is to seek professional medical and therapeutic help right away.

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