BPD Awareness Month is almost over. But the conversation isn’t. I live with BPD day in, day out, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, 365 days a year. BPD awareness doesn’t end for me. It controls my life. It is my life. Please take a moment to research borderline personality disorder.
We’re largely misunderstood, despite more of us running around than those with bipolar and schizophrenia combined. We’re 50x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. Between 8 and 10% of us die by suicide, usually due to lack of impulse control and depression. Studies show an inadequate regulation of serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters in the brain. I literally am sick in the head! Personality traits appear to be a combination of histrionic, narcissistic, and antisocial personality disorders, but no two people with BPD will present the same. Traumatic events were reported by 70.7% of the borderline subjects; amongst them 25.8% sexual abuse, 36.4% physical abuses, 43.7% emotional abuses, 9.3% physical negligence and 43.0% witnesses of violence. I’ll let you all guess where I fit because I will never discuss it even at 29, which to be honest, I’m surprised (and thankful!) that I made it here, as I fully expected to kill myself before my 18th birthday. Please research and be better informed, as it’s a largely misunderstood condition that not many have even heard about despite its prevalence.