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May is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) awareness month. Those of us affected by the disorder (directly/ personally or via loved ones) work to eliminate stigmas attached to it and raise awareness.
Stigmas come from various places such as the movie Fatal Attraction or websites that are anti-BPD and are unwarranted. Films like Black Swan can also, while depicting some aspects accurately regarding the internal life/ problems of a person with BPD, also unintentionally present a scary inaccurate caricature of the person for those who don't deal with the disorder.
It is a treatable (and sometimes curable) [Axis II Cluster B], mental illness in which people suffer from emotional dysregulation, are extra emotionally sensitive, have trouble with relationships, and make impulsive and/ or self-harming coping choices. Obviously there is more to it than that; hence, it isn't a situation where the good old advise to 'just buck up and get over it' is helpful - and can even be harmful. 10% or higher untreated BPD sufferers lives end in suicide so it is a potentially fatal disease and ought not be taken so lightly.
This painting reflects the moment to moment feelings experienced when dealing with BPD. Emotional intensity and dysregulation, fear of abandonment, impulsive tendencies, feelings of emptiness, dissociation, personality challenges, and more.
May 2nd, 2013
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