Borderline Personality Disorder is a misunderstood mental illness. Portrayals in the media have not helped this, and have only helped feed the stigma that surrounds it.
In today’s post, I’ll be sharing some facts around the disorder that will hopefully ease the misinformation around the disorder. Of course, these won’t be pleasant, so don’t read on if you are easily triggered.
We Feel Emotions More Intensely Than Others!
This is a double-edged sword. The highs are high, and the lows are awfully low. Things that seem like minor inconveniences to some are enough to ruin the day of a person who is struggling with BPD.
On one occasion, I was struggling to keep up with a cashier when I was packing up my groceries. The people that were behind me were acting audibly irritated. I almost ended up crying because I felt stupid.
On a happier note, my home country, Wales, qualified for the World Cup. This made me weep with joy. It’s a moment that I won’t forget. It’s just a case of balancing your emotions, and working through them as needed.
We Are More Dangerous To Ourselves Than To Others!
I would bet money on someone hearing at least one story about a person with BPD that describes them as violent, dangerous, or just unpleasant.
Of course, people with BPD can be violent, but that can be said about people overall.
Due to the nature of BPD, and how frequently moods change, we are more likely to hurt ourselves. Self-harm, reckless behaviour and impulsivity are common within the disorder, but 9 times out of 10, this is endagers our own well-being.
My own struggles have included self-harm, binge drinking, impulsive spending, comfort eating, just to name a few. I could never bring myself to harm another living soul intentionally.
We Are Very Loving And Empathetic People
You will hear many stories of how people with BPD are manipulative, and uncaring, but that’s not the case all the time. There will always be people with bad intentions, but that doesn’t mean we should tar everyone with the same brush.
We love deeply, we can understand people’s feelings because we go through the wringer with our own, and we don’t want anyone to feel the way that we do on a daily basis.
We are far from perfect, but we aren’t monsters.
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