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I am a teen and very impulsive and do senseless crazy risks daily. I read this was a symptom of BPD. Is this true?

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Last Updated: 03/02/2020 at 5:18pm
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July 28th, 2018 8:28pm
It can be a symptom of BPD but it can also just be a symptom of being a teen and enjoying life. If that is the only symptom, I wouldn't worry too much. Just keep safe.
October 29th, 2018 11:14pm
Yes it can be a symptom of BPD, but that doesn't automatically mean you have the disorder. Being impulsive and taking risks can also be a natural part of being a teenager. Self diagnosing can be dangerous and can cause added anxiety. Remember just because you fit a few symptoms doesn't automatically mean you have the disease. If you're really worried about your behavior, the best course of action is to have a talk with your doctor about it. Be honest, explain how you're feeling, and what you think it might be. If they themselves can't help you, they can usually point you in the direction of someone who can.
April 15th, 2019 7:07pm
Whilst it's true that impulsivity is a diagnostic symptom of BPD, it doesn't necessarily mean you have BPD. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders volume 5 an individual needs to meet 5 or more of the diagnostic criteria for there to be any worry of having the disorder. If you are concerned however that you may have the disorder checking in with a medical professional is always a good idea to consider. Impulsivity can be an extremely scary thing to have to deal with, but remember that there are many support avenues available to you, and that your wellbeing matters.
March 2nd, 2020 5:18pm
Since I don’t know your circumstances I can’t say anything definitively but I would encourage you to seek professional help and the support of an adult. It’s important that you stay safe. You’re important and I’m sure there are people who would be eager to help you out. Seeking a professional who can assist you with your issues would be the best move however, I wouldn’t worry too much about a diagnosis right now. Things will start to make sense as you start that journey with people who care about you. I wish you the best!