The Truth About Personality Disorders

There’s a lot of confusion, misunderstanding, and just plain lack of knowledge surrounding personality disorders. Today we’ll focus on Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD as it’s widely known. By spreading knowledge and awareness, hopefully we can debunk a few myths and reach a greater audience to level out the playing field and pour some water on the fire that is misconception and stigma.

For starters, BPD is a persistent mental health disorder that is surprisingly more prevalent than most people realize. This chronic and severe disorder effects about 20% of all psychiatric inpatients and approximately 11% of those patients in outpatient psychiatric care. Those meeting the criteria to be diagnosed for this disorder have some striking odds with an average between 57% and 67% still meeting that criteria up to seven years after diagnosis, at the 15 year mark, 44% still meet the criteria.

The truth about living with borderline personality disorder is that it effects everyone differently. Some people feel it on a deeper level of intensity than others and some feel it with every wave of their being. Living with BPD is like running through a corn maze blind, seeing all of the colors of the rainbow at once, in everything you see.

There’s pressure and anxiety, there’s joy and euphoria, there’s sadness and despair. Each emotion is like an ocean wave crashing down, the undertow pulling you under while you’re desperate for a breathe of fresh air.

Emotions, both good and bad, are felt deeply to the core. Moments are never fleeting, they’re felt with the full weight of their nature. Perhaps most misunderstood of all is that people with BPD are bad people, it’s simply the furthest from the truth. People with BPD can be good people, they are good people, they’re just coping with a chronic and persistent disorder in the best way they can.

Reference
N.D. “The Truth About Borderline Personality Disorder”. Borderline Personality Disorder. (website). 2017
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