Question: What is the average lifespan of someone with BPD?

The mean patient age was 27 years, and 77% were women. After 24 years, more patients with BPD died by suicide than patients with other PD (5.9% vs 1.4%). Similarly, rates of death from other causes were higher in patients with BPD (14.0%) compared with comparison patients (5.5%).

Does BPD get worse with age?

Borderline personality disorder usually begins by early adulthood. The condition seems to be worse in young adulthood and may gradually get better with age.

Can I live a normal life with BPD?

Know that you can live a normal life with BPD. People with BPD often have risk-taking behaviors, such as overspending, drug use, reckless driving, or self-harm due to a lack of inhibition. Although these behaviors can be dangerous, and potentially life-threatening, many people with BPD are high-functioning individuals.

Is BPD hard to live with?

Someone with BPD would do anything to stop that from happening, which is why they may come across as being “clingy” or “needy.” Though it can be difficult to empathize with, remember that it stems from a place of fear, which can be incredibly hard to live with.

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