What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that centers on the inability to manage emotions effectively. The disorder occurs in the context of relationships: sometimes all relationships are affected, sometimes only one. It usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood.

While some persons with BPD are high functioning in certain settings, their private lives may be in turmoil. Most people who have BPD suffer from problems regulating their emotions and thoughts, impulsive and sometimes reckless behavior, and unstable relationships

Other disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and other personality disorders can often exist along with BPD

The diagnosis of BPD is frequently missed and a misdiagnosis of BPD has been shown to delay and/or prevent recovery. Bipolar disorder is one example of a misdiagnosis as it also includes mood instability. There are important differences between these conditions but both involve unstable moods. For the person with bipolar disorder, the mood changes exist for weeks or even months. The mood changes in BPD are much shorter and can even occur within the day.

Officially recognized in 1980 by the psychiatric community, BPD is more than two decades behind in research, treatment options, and family psycho-education compared to other major psychiatric disorders. BPD has historically met with widespread misunderstanding and blatant stigma. However, evidenced-based treatments have emerged over the past two decades bringing hope to those diagnosed with the disorder and their loved ones.

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    1. Thanks again for your support. I have struggled with BPD for 20 years probably, but masked the pain and symptoms with alcohol. It’s only since getting sober that a diagnosis was possible, and I’m managing to deal with the rollercoaster ride better x β™₯

  1. An example of my BPD is constant Paranoia, lack of self worth, hopelessness, extreme irritability, impulsiveness, accusations ( you must be cheating on me), need for excessive admiration, adoration and attention, as well as constantly seeking validation. It also includes aggressiveness and rage. I could go into an emotional state for weeks at a time, where I’m exhausted, and I’m on Empty. I don’t necessarily practice self-hatred but I blame myself for everything. I have issues with concentration and memory, and have issues following through with my word at times, even though I’m capable of keeping a promise. At best, I’m introverted and like sticking to my comfortable routine, opposed to doing other things. I’m fearful of anything and am the type of person who believes there is a possibility for everything. My brain doesn’t shut off.

  2. It’s somehow comforting knowing the things you hate about yourself are symptoms. I guess because the better you get the more you start to like yourself again. Loved this post, thank you so much for taking the time to lay it out 🧑

    1. Wow! Thanks for inviting me to this. It’s a wonderful idea.
      I think we need to come together to fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues. I am still struggling every day, although quietly…
      I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2017 , although this has been changed to Clinical Depression recently. The care I have received from mental health services has been poor.
      mrsmilesrecovers.com ❀🌈❀

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