More than 4 million people in the United States experience borderline personality disorder (BPD), a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of mood swings, instability, and impaired social relationships. If you have BPD, you’ve likely had to face the fact that while many people have the disorder, a lot of people still do not know enough about it. This can be particularly frustrating, but the more people are willing to listen, the more education we can provide, breaking stereotypes that prevent many people all around the world from receiving support. See if you can relate to the following common struggles of those with BPD:
- Having to reassure people that you are not dangerous. As BPD often makes a person impulsive and a bit unpredictable, a common fear of society is that those with BPD are dangerous. Of course, you know that people with BPD are more likely to hurt themselves than others – but still, this can be frustrating to “prove yourself” to others.
- Trying so hard to find therapy that supports you in the way you need. A study published in the Journal of Mental Health assessed results of a group of Registered Mental Health Nurses and found that overall, they perceived those with schizophrenia to be less dangerous than those with BPD. Staff was shown to be less positive about working with people who have BPD and were more negative about working with this group overall. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence as even those in the healthcare field struggle to understand this disorder.
- Being seen as someone who is trying to “get attention” when you self-harm or display a common symptom of BPD. People with BPD often have trouble regulating emotions; self-harm is an attempt for many individuals to regulate those emotions – a way of gaining control. If you’ve been called “attention-seeking” before, this can be really upsetting due to the real reasons why you engage in self-harm.
- Not always understanding why you’re upset. Because you have trouble regulating your moods, it’s hard to keep up with the way you’re feeling at all times.
If you have been struggling with the symptoms of BPD, make the decision to seek help at a reputable treatment center today – one that values you as a person and wants to work with you to develop the tools you need to live a happier, healthier life.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.