What I Wish People Knew About BPD and Anger

I will be one of the first to admit I have a fiery temper. Whether it’s just my nature or a character flaw or the borderline illness, I don’t know. But every so often, given the right (using the term loosely) mixture of provocation, physical state and emotions beforehand, I explode into a fit of rage. Think Donald Duck meets Incredible Hulk meets a doorslammer and you’ve got an idea.

 

One: Borderline rage is extremely powerful.

According to Healthyplace.com, one of the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is “inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger.” That’s like referring to a tornado as an “air disturbance”–an accurate understatement of epic proportions.

The wrath of a person with BPD often comes on quickly. The intensity of the rage is extremely strong; it can quickly escalate into homicidal thoughts. Depending on the self-control of the enraged person, people or property can be damaged.

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