borderline personality disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder – A Diagnosis Of Invalidation

By Dr Jay Watts Last year, a woman, Helen Millard, died after being found hanging in a psychiatric ward bathroom. An inquest this week reported that when she had first been admitted, she was under constant observation. But on this day, she was able to spend thirty minutes in a bathroom alone, unchecked, despite staff knowing she had...

What It’s Like to Experience ‘Emotional Dissociation’

By Angela Theresa Dissociation is a hallmark of borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is marked by rapid mood swings and unstable shifts in identity and relationships. I was diagnosed with borderline by a school psychologist in 2016 and re-diagnosed by a psychiatrist in 2017 after two years of suspecting that I had the illness. Because I experienced a unique...

6 THINGS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP AND BPD THAT YOUR BORDERLINE FRIEND WANTS YOU TO KNOW

By Angela Theresa There are several tough things about having borderline personality disorder(BPD). The daily swings in moods, emotions and identity is certainly no cakewalk. I find for me, the worst part about having BPD is the constant struggle to maintain stable friendships and relationships. I only found out I had BPD about three years ago, and since then, especially...

Five things people get wrong about BPD

By Melissa Wilson Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a commonly misunderstood condition that carries a lot of stigma. Misconceptions about BPD can stop people seeking treatment and influence the way people with BPD are treated by others. So what are these common misconceptions? And what facts can we use to correct them? BPD is a personality flaw Everyone has a...

Experiencing Physical Pain Because of BPD’s Heightened Emotions

By Alecia Fuller I don’t believe you understand the intensity of the pain I feel as it’s ripping apart my soul. It’s like I’m ripping my own chest open with bare hands, claw marks across my chest, and someone’s grabbing my heart and trying to tear it apart. Like I’m sitting in the darkness, on the...

19 Signs You Grew Up With Borderline Personality Disorder

By Sarah Schuster Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a highly stigmatized and misunderstood mental illness that affects about 14 million Americans, or 5.9 percent of adults in the U.S. But because the symptoms usually first occurwhile a person is a teenager or in their early 20s, it’s too easy to dismiss those early signs as “bad behavior” or “teenage...

What a Breakup Feels Like When You Live With Borderline Personality Disorder

By Matthew Gemma Breakups are different for everyone. So many mixed emotions, tears and in some cases, relief or calm. Any emotion felt during this time is valid, and it may be different for you each time you experience it. Breaking up when you have borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be a traumatic experience, upsetting for all parties involved....

Offering Hope For Borderline Personality Disorder

By Joy Sprague and Perry Hoffman, Ph.D Somewhere between 2-5% of the U.S. population lives with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). This disorder is highly treatable, and individuals often live with other mental health conditions as BPD rarely stands alone. Without recognition and treatment of BPD’s symptoms, recovery from co-occurring conditions often cannot happen. At the...

How Break-Ups Affect the Borderline Personality

Breakups are tough regardless of who you are. However, having borderline personality disorder (BPD) can make the situation exponentially harder. I know this because I have lived with BPD for the majority of my adult life, and possibly longer. You see, for the borderline, the feeling of separation or abandonment from someone that we truly care...

Dealing With the Distorted Narrative of Borderline Personality Disorder

By Katie Mae For me, having borderline personality disorder (BPD) means there is a constant running dialogue in my head that doesn’t belong to my true self. This voice tells me I’m ugly, I’m fat and unworthy of love. It tells me I look like a man or a troll and I should be ashamed of myself. This...

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