What is the outlook for people with borderline personality disorder?

The outlook for people with BPD varies. Although BPD can be a lifelong problem, people with the disorder can get better. In most cases, however, recovery is slow and difficult.

With help, some people are able to improve and lead rewarding work and social lives. Others are unwilling or unable to stick with treatment and have a poor outlook. For unknown reasons, however, this disorder tends to "burn out" in middle age, and people with BPD often begin to see improvement in their functioning by the time they are 35 to 40 years old.

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