Sometimes, it might not even seem as if the behaviour in question is impulsive or harmful at all – many BPDs are fiercely ambitious, for instance – but its effects on the BPD individual's emotional balance can be quite unhealthy nevertheless.Whilst it's understandable that friendships with BPD folk can be tricky to navigate, and we encourage you to talk about it with people outside that friendship if it helps you, please try and do so subtly.In Bipolar Disorder, mood swings occur but the moods tend to last a lot longer, with weeks or even months of intense mania or deep depression.These moods are also less likely to be influenced by external events than they are in BPD. It's unhelpful to keep telling people with BPD that they may not recover, because it risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy and may prevent them from seeking help.It's true, we sometimes demand what might seem like more than our fair share of air-space, but it comes from desperation, not egotism. However, many people believe that this is less to do with the fact that more women suffer from it and more to do with the ways in which society expects men and women to show emotion.Women are traditionally deemed prone to over-sharing, tears and obsessive "crushes" – and female BPD sufferers are often ridiculed as an exaggerated stereotype of a "hysterical" woman.This is not, however, true in every single case, any more than it is true that every child who has experience a traumatic event or events as a child will develop BPD.Most mental health professionals now believe BPD usually arises from a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
BPD sufferers can experience rapid mood swings which appear irrational to the outside observer, often triggered by seemingly insignificant events.
If getting a "B" in our coursework or flunking a job interview seems like the end of the world to us, imagine how we feel when something really serious like the death of a loved one occurs.
Bipolar Disorder and BPD are two different diagnoses.
BPD has been described as having no "emotional skin".
We're psychologically raw and exposed and as such we feel things, good and bad, very deeply.