Despite an increased openness to mental health discussions, many myths and misconceptions about borderline personality disorder (BPD) still linger in today’s society. Individuals with BPD are commonly misunderstood by the general public and even healthcare professionals, affecting correct diagnosis and their journey to recovery.
It’s time to dispel these myths and reduce the stigma around BPD!
Myth #1: BPD is not treatable
Fact: This is an important myth to debunk as it often discourages patients from seeking professional help. With effective treatment and therapeutic strategies, most people improve significantly or achieve symptom remission to live happy and fulfilling lives.
Myth #2: Only females have BPD
Fact: Recent research has shown that men and women are equally susceptible to BPD. However, the diagnosis ratio remains at three females to one male, as men are often underdiagnosed.
Myth #3: Only people with childhood trauma can develop BPD
Fact: While trauma is a significant risk factor for mental disorders, it is not necessary for an individual to develop BPD. Not everyone with BPD has experienced childhood trauma, and not every person who has experienced trauma develops BPD.
Myth #4: People with BPD are manipulative
Fact: Individuals who live with BPD experience heightened emotions and genuinely suffer from emotional pain. Unfortunately, others often dismiss their behaviour as manipulative and violent. In reality, how a person with BPD reacts to their triggers is an impulsive response that they have no control over. They are not deliberately trying to control or influence others to get their way, and it would be a mistake to consider them so.
Myth #5: People with BPD are attention-seeking/only self-harm for attention
Fact: Self-harm and suicidal attempts should never be dismissed as attention-seeking. Self-destructive behaviours are often a result of dysfunctional thought processes and an inability to cope with emotional turmoil. We should take any and all expressions of self-harm or suicide seriously.
Myth #6: You cannot have a healthy relationship with someone living with BPD
Fact: It is a common misconception that a person with BPD cannot stay committed to their partners. However, their behaviour is a result of heightened dependency and a fear of abandonment. With therapy, patience and understanding, it’s absolutely possible to have a long-lasting and loving relationship with someone living with BPD.
Living with BPD can feel like you’re merely living from one meltdown to another. But what if there is a way out? If you’re ready to learn effective coping strategies and leave your struggles behind, contact BPD No More today!