Co-occurring Disorders


Cutting • SuicideAnxietyADHDBipolar DisorderDepression


Anxiety is often described as the “motor” of Borderline Disorder, driving both how the individual views themself and how they control their lives. In order for the person struggling with Borderline Disorder to experience relief from their Borderline symptoms, their anxiety needs to be managed and treated. Anxiety is often experienced as feelings of:

  • Sweating 

  • Shaking 
  • Heart palpitations 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Chest discomfort/pain 
  • Numbness 
  • Hot flashes 
  • Chills 

These symptoms are all aggravated by stress and feelings of isolation, rejection or judgement. Approximately 90-percent of those affected by Borderline Disorder experience anxiety and up to 50-percent experience panic attacks. 

There is cause for hope. Discuss with your clinician which types of medications and therapies may be most helpful for you. Medications should be used with close medical supervision by those with Borderline Disorder as they may increase impulsivity and become addictive. In some cases biofeedback has shown great promise for those with Borderline Disorder. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, a skills based therapy that helps with identifying thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and creating new patterns for old problems may be another option. These are important considerations for you to discuss with your doctor as you develop a treatment plan.


Sources Cited:

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  • MFT, Michelle Dabach MA. “Borderline Personality, Anxiety, and Failure to Launch.” OPI Residential Treatment Center for Young Adults, 24 July 2017,
  • Friedel, Robert O. “Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified |.” Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified, 10 Feb. 2018,