What It’s Like to Live With Borderline Personality Disorder

For those living with borderline personality disorder, every day can be a struggle. Those living through the experience and those with a loved one living with this condition know that physical health can decline as psychiatric deterioration spirals. Leading experts say that as many as 1.6 percent of the United States population will be diagnosed with BPD in their lifetime. Researchers suggest that borderline personality disorder rivals that of bipolar disorder.

Living with BPD presents such issues as levels of suicidal and psychosocial morbidity that are on par with those living with bipolar disorder. Those living with BPD often have much difficulty regulating their thoughts and emotions, often finding themselves feeling extremes that waver back and forth uncontrollably.

The collection of symptoms doesn’t end there though, those with BPD often engage in reckless, impulsive behavior and have difficulty with relationships that are more often than not rocky and strained. For some, they can experience the same or steady moods for weeks at a time but find that coping with moods may lead to  anxiety, depression, or bouts of anger that last for similar short bursts.

Clinical studies suggest that living with BPD is just as disabling as living with bipolar disorders with many persons experiencing depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and suicidal behaviors. While the discussion seems to be more open for bipolar disorder and great strides have been made in regard to public awareness about BPD, research suggests that BPD is still living in the shadows.

As an example, the comprehensive registry known as the Global Burden of Disease study is used to quantify diseases by mortality, cost, risk factors, and other measures lists bipolar disorder but does not include borderline personality disorder.

N.D. “Borderline Personality Disorder as Debilitating as Bipolar Disorder, Experts Say”. Science Daily. (website). April 2015
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