Extreme emotional swings.

Unstable emotions and moods are common with BPD. One moment, you may feel happy, and the next, despondent. Little things that other people brush off can send you into an emotional tailspin. These mood swings are intense, but they tend to pass fairly quickly (unlike the emotional swings of depression or bipolar disorder), usually lasting just a few minutes or hours.

Intense and highly changeable moods, with each episode lasting from a few hours to a few days.


Wide mood swings lasting from a few hours to a few days, which can include intense happiness, irritability, shame or anxiety.

Mayo Clinic

Periods of intense depressed mood, irritability or anxiety lasting a few hours to a few days.


This is one of nine symptoms used to diagnose borderline personality disorder. Many of these symptoms are common to other disorders and you should seek professional guidance if you are concerned about a diagnosis.

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