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Tell Us What You Want People To Stop Saying About BPD

Tell us (anonymously, if you want) what people shouldn't say to you or about you when it comes to BPD.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition marked by instability in mood, self-image, and behavior.

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According to NAMI, it's estimated that 1.6% of the adult U.S. population has BPD (but that number may be as high as 5.9%). People with BPD might experience mood swings, unstable personal relationships, periods of intense depression or emptiness, uncontrollable anger, dissociation, and more.

BPD's causes aren't fully understood and it's sometimes misdiagnosed as PTSD or depression. And unlike, for example, anxiety or depression, BPD is a mental illness that's not often portrayed or explored in pop culture. (Or, at least not accurately!)

As a result, people probably don't really understand what it's like to have BPD, what could be hurtful or insensitive to say to people with BPD, or how to support someone who has it.

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So, tell us: As someone with BPD, what do you wish people would just not say to you?

Or: What do you wish people would just get?

Maybe you wish they wouldn't casually ascribe sketchy behavior in relationships to someone "being borderline."

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Maybe you wish people would lead with compassion and kindness when they learn about your diagnosis.

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Rather than shock or all kinds of assumptions.

Or perhaps you want people to know that pointing out when you're "overreacting" or "being dramatic," is not helpful.

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Whatever you want to say about what you wish people would and would not say to you (or about you) when it comes to BPD, share it using the Google form below, and your response could be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post.