Borderline Personality Disorder

Here are the links to my various posts about Borderline Personality Disorder. I thought it would be helpful to gather them all in one place so it is easier for you to find what you are looking for :)

That Bipolar Feeling… - written before my diagnosis, when I knew something about my life wasn’t ‘right’ but not ‘what’ it was…

Crawling back from the Pit... – also before I was diagnosed…

How do I live with Borderline Personality Disorder? – The first time I actually wrote about my diagnosis, written for another blog

Which Celebrities have Borderline Personality Disorder? – Written to mark Marsha Linehan’s ‘coming out’ as being BPD herself, has become one of my most popular posts of all time…

Poem – My BPD Existence – I don’t write poems often, but sometimes it’s a good way to spill out those feelings

Returning to work after a BPD Crisis – written as a guest post for another blog

*Trigger* Thinking about Self-harm – This post has a trigger warning as it contains an image that may be triggering and frank discussion of what cutting is like for me.

Returning to work after a BPD crisis – update – An update on my return to work.

Constant career changes – The BPD Unstable sense of self and identity – Written to explain one of the DSMIV criteria for BPD and how it affects me.

Psychotherapy – My First Session – I don’t write much about my therapy but I thought it would be helpful to have something to reflect back on.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder? – I finally decided to explain what the condition is!

10 myths about Borderline Personality Disorder dispelled – I was sick of being labelled  a ‘liar’ ‘manipulative’ untreatable’ and more so I decided to explain why these ‘labels’ are untrue!

Still Struggling with BPD and life – Strangely as much as I write about myself in my BPD posts they are often in a very detached way, this is one of the rare time where it really is more ‘personal’

Boundaries and Borderline Personality Disorder – Boundaries are something I have struggled to grasp, writing this helped a lot!

Book Review: Stop Walking on Eggshells – Even though I have read numerous books about BPD (and have many more to read) this was the first time I reviewed on of them.

Abandonment and the Borderline Personality – I started writing a series of posts to explain each of the DSMIV criteria for BPD and how each affects me.

Realising the limits of your own capability – BPD wins again – Reaching the point where work was becoming too much… :/

Real Life Experience of a BPD Crisis and the application of the DSMIV criteria – Applying the DSMIV criteria for BPD to a crisis as it happened…

Reinventing self… The BPD unstable sense of self and identity rears its ugly head again – Sharing my instabilities of identity

World Mental Health Awareness Day – A few facts and figures about mental health…

Mental Health Mondays – Mr Know it All – I made a decision to post mental health posts every Monday and this post incorporates the musical influences that mean so much to me.

Anger and Borderline Personality Disorder – Another of the DSMIV criteria applied to my life.

Mental Health Monday – BPD Diagnosis Comic Strip – I decided to re-tell the story of my diagnosis through a comic strip as I like to draw…

People with Mental health Problems – Sick, Stupid Scroungers or Stigmatised, Smart, Super-Heroes? – feeling frustrated with some of the things I had been reading I decided to share my frustrations

Paranoia, Delusions and Dissociation in Borderline Personality Disorder – More applying of the DSMIV criteria to my situation.

If Life is a Rollercoaster then BPD is a Pinball Machine! – Using an analogy to explain what living with BPD is like.

What is Self-harm? 10 common methods – probably the hardest post I have ever written, attempting to demystify self-harm by explaining how many things it covers beyond ‘cutting’

Crisis care for Mental Health – Does it exist? – A discussion of the availability of Crisis Care for people with Mental Health problems

Mental Health Mondays – Happiness – What is happiness? what happiness means to me and how Mental Health problems can make you forget how to be happy.

Splitting – Unstable Relationships in Borderline Personality Disorder – attempting to explain the ‘I hate you, don’t leave me’ experience of idealization and devaluation in relationships.

Mental Health Issues in Business and Work- declare or not? – should you declare mental health issues? what will happen if you do/don’t?

Boredom and Borderline Personality Disorder – how boredom can be part of a vicious cycle of moods and impulsivity.

Mental Health Mondays – Christmas with the Cluster B Personality Disorders – A comic strip look at Cluster B personality disorders, the roles of Narcissistic Personality, Histrionic Personality and Anti-Social personality combined with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Impulsivity and Borderline Personality Disorder – A difficult discussion of recklessness, impulsivity and sex

Do Borderlines lack Empathy? – A look at empathy and how people with BPD display extraordinary levels of empathy despite claims that they have ‘zero’ ability for empathy.

Chronic Feelings of Emptiness in Borderline Personality Disorder – Explaining the 6th criteria for BPD diagnosis and how it affects me.

Unstable Moods In Borderline Personality Disorder – Mood swings, the 7th criteria for BPD and how I am affected by this.

Read something else – there’s nothing of interest here – A check-in post for my ROW80 challenge that turned into a BPD post!

14 comments on “Borderline Personality Disorder

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  5. thank you – im working my way through these – i am at the diagnosed and waiting for treatment to begin stage – no mans land in other words – thanks for sharing so i have someone to identify (in the strongest sense of the word!) with

  6. Do you have any kind of list for people with bpd and there life? it would be nice to follow more people who know what it’s like to go through this :) xx

    • There are several on my ‘other blogs you might like’ page, but I do need to update it as there are lots of us blogging about BPD out there, from the ones there though you will probably find lots more :) xx

  7. Hi

    Thank you so much for this very informative and thought-provoking blog.

    I have recently come out of a relationship with someone with BPD. I only found this out after the relationship and after visiting a psychologist. It was very difficult for me to understand my former partner’s behaviour, especially the splitting. I was, and am very hurt when she left me and ran off with my best friend. However, after understanding the difficulties that she is going through, I am able to move on easier. That being said though, I am finding it impossible to forgive her for the deceit and lieing (especially after the break-up). The thing that scares me the most is that when I look back at the relationship I am no longer sure what was real and what was the truth.

    • Hi,

      Thank you. I can only imagine how difficult it has been for you, untreated BPD can bring chaos to many lives. I hope that in time you will be able to move on and that she will get help to be able to live a fulfilling happy life herself :)

  8. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar are often mistaken as being the same thing. They are also often misdiagnosed, one for the other. This is because the symptoms for both illnesses are startlingly similar.Borderline personality disorder is actually less common and less known than bipolar. Borderline personality disorder accounts for only about twenty percent of hospitalizations for mental illness each year, while bipolar accounts for about fifty percent of hospitalizations. Borderline personality disorder is most common in young women, whereas bipolar is equally common in both men and women, as well as all age groups.*

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