Borderline Personality effects around 1% of the general population, it is unusual for a diagnosis to be made prior to the individual turning 18 as their personality is still developing. Those with BPD really struggle with interpersonal relationships and face severe and regular emotional turmoil, in an attempt to deal with this many individual self-harm or attempt to take their own lives.
NHS services are said to be inefficient with many trusts having no specific resources available to assist those with BPD. The views of professionals working with those who have the condition are often negative; this is largely due to a lack of understanding or formal training.
There are a number of specialist treatments available such as MBT, DBT and Schema Therapy although these are often difficult to access. Therapy is often needed over a period of 12 months or more and local trusts are unable to cope with the demand, especially so, given the austerity measures that have affected the local NHS budgets.