Statistics about Borderline Personality Disorder


About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Borderline Personality Disorder. The term 'prevalence' of Borderline Personality Disorder usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Borderline Personality Disorder at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Borderline Personality Disorder refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Borderline Personality Disorder: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Borderline Personality Disorder)
  Prevalance of Borderline Personality Disorder: 2 percent of adults (NIMH)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 50 or 2.00% or 5.4 million people in USA [about data]
  Incidence (annual) of Borderline Personality Disorder: 3,019 annual cases in Victora 1996 (DHS-VIC)
  Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 1,510 or 0.07% or 180,074 people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Borderline Personality Disorder: BPD is more common, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women.1

1. excerpt from Borderline Personality Disorder: NIMH

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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