Do You Know Someone With a Personality Disorder?

It’s important to talk about mental health disorders for a variety of reasons. Often, stigma and lack of resources are two negative consequences of a general lack of knowledge and awareness. In an effort to make more people aware of what it truly means to live with any number of mental health issues, today we’ll talk about personality disorders.

The first thing people tend to think of when they hear personality disorder is serial killers and nut-cases but it’s simply not the case. There is such a disparity between what people think is a personality disorder and what it really is. Tons of people live normal-ish every day lives with varying degrees of personality disorders and you may even know a friend or family member who lives with one.

When it comes to Borderline Personality Disorder, there are more than 440 million people living somewhere in the world with diagnosable BPD. That’s actually more than the amount of people living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, combined.

People who are living with borderline personality disorder often find minor inconveniences or grievances to be huge deals, they make mole hills into mountains, for lack of a better analogy. And it’s not to say that they are doing it of their own free will. It’s just that they face huge challenges with things that you and me might be able to let slide or roll off us without too much trouble.

Borderline personality disorder often makes the person exhibit a rather high level of impulsivity. They sometimes compulsively lie, change personalities, and may be quite paranoid. Feelings can be overwhelming and monumental, they might exhibit behaviors that would be out of the realm of ordinary for you and I.

Remember to be loving, supportive, and encouraging to anyone you come across because you never know who’s battling a personality disorder.

N.D. “How to Tell if Someone Has Borderline Personality Disorder”. The Cabin Bangkok. (website). March 2016
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