Is There an Upside to Having Borderline Personality Disorder?
Over the last two years, I've written about Borderline Personality Disorder(BPD) and how it's affected our family.
The purpose of my BPD blogs was to raise awareness about this serious mental disorder which my son EJ was diagnosed with in his late teens. In 2015, it was reported that 9.1% of the general population has some type of personality disorder. Here are some of the more serious symptoms of BPD according to the National Institute of Mental Health.(NIMH)
*A pattern of intense and unstable relationships with family and friends-
*Distorted and unstable self image- *Impulsive and often dangerous behaviors- *Recurring self harm or suicidal behaviors- *Intense mood changes- *Inappropriate intense anger- *Severe feelings of doom and anxiety-
One of EJ's good friends(thank you Rachel) posted an article from healthyplace.com about BPD and I'd like to share it with you, especially if you're suffering from or living with someone with BPD. The article begins with this quote,
"My personality disorder doesn't define who I am, it explains it."
Put simply, an individual with BPD can be a major league pain the ass to live with. We lived it with EJ until he chose to get the help he needed, but they can also possess the positive traits listed above. The following celebrities have been diagnosed with BPD, Angelina Jolie, Lindsay Lohan(Duh!!), Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Winstone Churchill, Mike Wallace, Winona Ryder, and Kurt Cobain.
If you, a friend, or a loved one exhibit the symptoms of BPD and you're sick and tired of feeling depressed, angry, and unstable day after day, please reach out to me through my FB page or my son, Ethan James's FB page.