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Understanding borderline personality disorder

Mental Health and You!

“People with BPD are like [patients] with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies.  Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.”

— Dr. Marsha Linehan


Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a perplexing disorder, partly because people with this illness tend to spark deeply positive or negative emotions in those around them.  When someone with BPD likes you, you’re on top of the world.  But when you’re on their bad side, you feel as though the whole universe has turned against you.  Yet what kind of illness produces such strong reactions?  What is BPD?  What causes it, and what are the treatments?
So what’s this about BPD?

The person with BPD suffers, and they suffer profoundly.  Imagine loving your spouse one moment, hating them the next, then loving them again a few hours later — and not knowing why.  Imagine sharing your favorite movie with…

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