Borderline personality disorder comes with a lot of emotional chaos and that is without a doubt NOT an understatement. It is chaos for the person dealing with it as well as the people who have to deal with that person.
Don’t get me wrong though, I am not saying that we shouldn’t have people who are dealing with this in our lives. I am saying we need to know what we are getting ourselves into and understand as best we can what this person is going through. Borderline personality disorder is much more complex than most people would like to admit.
With at least 14 million adults in the United States alone living with BPD it is something we could all stand to be more educated on. Those living with BPD are impulsive and volatile to say the least. They are overflowing with emotional storms and are obviously not easy to read. They have this overwhelming fear of rejection and other things of the sort.
Borderline symptoms are usually as follows:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Emotional instability
- Self-injurious behavior
- Poor sense of self
- Chronic feelings of emptiness
- Feeling cut off from oneself
- Quickly changing moods
- Impulsive behaviors
(and the list goes on)
I am sure that alone was enough to tell you BPD is something that is not easy to live with. People who become romantically involved with those suffering from BPD are in for a lot more than they realize. They have to be prepared for the roller coaster ride they have signed up for. They have to be able to deal with the changing moods and over-reactions. They have to be okay with being loved on one minute and bashed the next. It is not something everyone can endure.
There is no in-between, everything with someone who has BPD is either black or white. You have to love them for their good times and help them through the bad. Sadly when it comes to treating BPD there is no real set in the stone proven method, some things work for some and not for others and so forth. A lot of people with BPD are even misdiagnosed making treatment even harder.
That being said, they are all amazing people and they are so much stronger than most. It is like being trapped in hell and still managing to have good days and for that, I applaud those who suffer from this disorder.
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