Borderline personality disorder is a complex and still largely misunderstood condition. Dealing with its myriad of ups and downs is a complicated and sensitive matter for those afflicted and the people close to them. Fortunately, there are ways to live with borderline personality disorder, whether you suffer personally or know someone who does.
If You Have BPD…
- Know that having borderline personality disorder is a double-edged sword. Yes, you will feel emotions more deeply, but you will also FEEL EMOTIONS MORE DEEPLY. Positive AND negative emotions will play very strongly in your life.
- Understand that not everyone is strong enough to “handle” a person with BPD. It is likely that you will lose at least one friend or family member who can’t hang with your disorder. It may not be okay, but it is to be expected. It will be hard, but cut your losses and move on to people who are better prepared.
- Don’t read too much into things. This one is EXTREMELY difficult. It requires going against everything your brain is telling you. BPD means that you literally read too much into every situation.
- Accept help from your loved ones. Your family and close friends know you best and have probably been around for a while. They generally know your idiosyncrasies and can adapt accordingly. These are the people who will talk you down at crucial moments.