Myths VS Reality of Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD myths

  • Myth: ‘People with BPD are ‘bad’
  • Myth: ‘People with BPD can’t get better’
  • Myth: ‘People who harm themselves have BPD’
  • BPD myths

  • Reality: People self-harm for many reasons – it isn’t exclusive to BPD.
  • Reality: People with BPD are often labelled ‘manipulative’ or ‘attention-seeking’. But while the things they do may cause distress, this behaviour results from the symptoms of BPD, not a bad personality.
  • Reality: BPD is treatable. People with BPD can recover well with good treatment and support.
  • Reality: BPD is a complex disorder that is often misunderstood.
  • Reality: Not all people who harm themselves have BPD.
  • Reality: While self-harm is common among people with BPD, not all those who do this have the disorder.
  • Reality: People may self-harm for other reasons such as low self-esteem, to momentarily express and release emotional pain or even to punish themselves. This may relate to a mental illness, a disorder or emotional problem unrelated to BPD.
  • Reality: People with BPD are not ‘bad’.
  • Reality: The anger and rejection that people with BPD display mean they are sometimes labelled as ‘bad’, ‘manipulative’ or ‘attention-seeking’. While things they do may at times lead to confusion, distress or inconvenience for other people, it should be remembered that this behaviour results from feelings of fear, loneliness, desperation, or hopelessness associated with BPD.

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