Symptoms.

I should introduce borderline personality disorder to those who don’t have every moment of their daily lives impacted by the symptoms.

Please note that every single person with BPD has most but perhaps not all symptoms, and each individual’s capacity to cope with these differs.

I think of myself as high-functioning now that I’m older. That was not always the case. The person I was in my 20s was not high-functioning. That person was a disaster. I was not diagnosed until 29.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition characterized by difficulties regulating emotion. This means that people who experience BPD feel emotions intensely and for extended periods of time, and it is harder for them to return to a stable baseline after an emotionally triggering event.

This difficulty can lead to impulsivity, poor self-image, stormy relationships and intense emotional responses to stressors. Struggling with self-regulation can also result in dangerous behaviors such as self-harm.

NAMI.org

The causes are not fully understood, but scientists agree a combination of genetics, environmental factors, and neurological function contribute to BPD.

Don’t let anything you read on the internet or see in a movie or hear about from a friend lead you to believe untruths about borderline personality disorder. Stigma and negativity toward mental illness in general is bad enough. Many people will not divulge a BPD diagnosis because of the way sufferers have been portrayed in media and fiction.

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