What IS Borderline Personality?



So?

What are we doing here?

We're educating ourselves and our community about stigmatized Mental Health traits and symptoms, specifically (but not limited to) Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), also known as Emotional Dysregulation Disorder (EDD).


Why have I chosen to talk about BPD?

Because although our whole world is talking about Mental Illness, and ending stigma against it -- Borderline goes misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or completely ignored by the Health Care System and community altogether.


Nearly every person I speak to about this topic has the same question, and I think it is time we speak out and advocate for those who are unheard, and unseen.


What IS Borderline Personality Disorder?

BPD is one of ten Personality Disorders in the DSM-5, and it is marked by a consistent pattern of unstable interpersonal relationships, self-image, and impulsivity, beginning by early adulthood and present in vast areas of your life.


The DSM-5, states that to meet the Diagnostic Criteria of BPD, you must display life disturbances in five (or more) of the following areas:


1.) Fear of Abandonment;

Makes frantic efforts to avoid real or precieved abandonment.

Reality - Significant other suddenly doesn't answer, and they're late coming home, they just forgot a charger. No biggy, right?

BPD Thought: Something TERRIBLE has happened --and they are never coming home-- and you must prepare for the worst-- and you are about to panic yourself into a heart attack. No biggy, right?

This happens due to the emotional buttons caused by childhood abandonment.


2.) A Pattern of Unstable, or Intense Interpersonal Relationships

When emotional buttons are triggered in BPD patients they experience a phenomenon called Splitting ( I will save that for another time). Splitting causes the patient to think in a paradoxical, black or white way, and their usual thoughts, feelings/emotions are replaced with what seems like the complete opposite from their own. This can be confusing for partners that are unaware of a Borderline Diagnosis/traits because with black and white thinking, comes love/hat