The month of May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. Considering I have a blog dedicated to life with BPD, I felt just a little (ok, just A LOT) of pressure to post something in recognition of this.
So, on the 31st of May, here it is (because the last day of the month still counts, okay?)!
Now I’m not going to sugarcoat it – Borderline Personality Disorder sucks. The emotional rollercoaster you ride every single day is horrendous, it impacts every facet of your life no matter how hard to try to not let it and it has the highest suicide rate of any psychiatric disorder.
However for many of you reading this, and myself included, we’re diagnosed with it. We go through gruelling amounts of therapy to reduce our symptoms, we take all types of medication to make day-to-day life more liveable. But we have Borderline Personality Disorder. We may never change that, and if we do, it’s a long, long, long-term process.
So it’s time to look on the bright side. Because with all the awful aspects that come along with BPD, there are also some aspects that aren’t so bad. Aspects that make me unique and different in a good way. Aspects that make me, me.
So let’s do this.
Positive Traits of Borderline Personality Disorder:
- Resilience – People with BPD are use to struggling. Many have battled with self-harm, suicidal behaviour, drug and alcohol addiction and eating disorders, as well as dealing with extreme emotional dysregulation on a daily basis. This makes people diagnosed with BPD literal warriors, with high mental and physical resilience.
- Empathy and Compassion – People with BPD experience an emotional rollercoaster on a day-to-day basis. However this tumultuous rollercoaster means that those with BPD are able to both recognise, and share greater insight, with others in similar situations. A study has even found that people with BPD are able to read facial expressions and emotions in others better than those without BPD.
- Creativity – Because of the intense emotions people with BPD experience they are often skilled in creative endeavours. They are able to channel these powerful emotions into art, music and writing.
- Passion – People with BPD are extremely passionate. They feel their emotions to the absolute fullest. They love people, things and causes deeply, and will both protect and share the things they love passionately with others.
- Loyal – Just as people with BPD are extremely passionate, they are also extremely loyal. Many people with BPD will go to the ends of the Earth for someone or something they love and care about.
- Intuitive and Insightful – People with BPD are able to pick up on others emotional states quickly and accurately. This is a behaviour that stems from childhood, and while this can be overwhelming at times, it also allows people with BPD to be aware of when others are in distress and help them.
- Adaptable – People with BPD spend most of their day adapting to new situations, dependant on where they are and who they are with. This makes people with BPD able to adapt and be successful in a wide range of situations.
Of course there are many, many more positive aspects to people with Borderline Personality Disorder – these are just a few that I feel resonate strongly with me. If you have any others you’d like to share I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
And here’s to the end of the 10th Offical Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month.