We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Communitywith borderline personality disorder (BPD) to tell us what they wish people would stop saying to them about BPD.
Somewhere between 1.6% and 5.9% of adults in the US have BPD, a personality disorder that’s characterized by difficulty regulating emotion. People with BPD can experience severe mood swings, poor self-image, and volatile relationships. You can learn more about the symptoms of BPD here.
There are lots of misconceptions about BPD out there, maybe because of how it’s portrayed (and not portrayed) in pop culture, and because of assumptions people make when they hear the phrase “personality disorder,” which they don’t make when they hear the name of another mental health issue (like, say, anxiety or depression). That’s why we wanted to ask people with BPD what they wish people would and wouldn’t say to them about their BPD.
Here’s what they said.
1. “I wish people would stop telling me I just need to control my emotions.”
“Or that I should stop being over dramatic. If I could control my emotions, I would. And saying there is someone in a worse situation than you doesn’t make it any better, either. It just makes me feel like I’m being ungrateful :(.”