Frequency of Borderline Personality Disorder among psychiatric patients visiting the Psychiatric Outpatients Department

  • Fatima Saleem Assistant Professor
  • Fareeha Mobeen Clinical Psychologist
  • Ammara Butt Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry, Fatima Jinnah Medical University/ Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
  • Imran Ijaz Haider Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences , Fatima Memorial Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: Borderline personality disorder, Psychiatric, Disorders, Outpatient department


Background: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is widespread in clinical settings, with an estimated predominance of up to 20%, and has a role in critical dimensions of psychosocial disintegration and mortality related suicide endeavors. This study aims to identify prevalence of BPD in Psychiatric patients visiting the outdoor of Psychiatry department for various psychiatric disorders. Patients and methods: It was a prospective cross-sectional study on total 94 consecutive patients visiting the Psychiatric Outpatient Department for mood, anxiety or other disorders were screened for BPD using Urdu version of ICD-10 criteria over a period of 7 months. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 21. Results: Mean age was 27.10±7.9. Forty-four (46.8%) patients were men and 50 (53.2%) were women. Twenty-nine patients (30.85%) were identified to have BPD. Eleven out of 44 (25%) were men and 18 out of 50 (36%) were women. Overall, 11.7% male psychiatric patients and 19.1% female psychiatric patients were diagnosed to have BPD. Conclusion: Borderline personality disorder is quite prevalent among patients visiting the psychiatric OPD for various psychiatric issues including mood and anxiety disorders. Screening for BPD and early identification is recommended because early and correct diagnosis is crucial in making current and long-term management plans in BPD, depressive disorder and other psychiatric disorders.