Yes, I Have Borderline Personality Disorder. No, I'm Not Dangerous.
Yes, I get emotional easy. No, I’m not seeking attention on purpose.
Yes, I can be impulsive. No, that doesn’t mean I’ll hurt you. I never will.
Yes, I’m on meds. No, that doesn’t change who I am as a person.
Yes, I’m getting treated. No, that doesn’t mean I will never have an “off day” again.
Yes, it’s true some therapists don’t like us. No, we aren’t “untreatable.”
Yes, it’s a Cluster B personality disorder. No, that doesn’t make me a psychopath.
Yes, I’m mentally exhausted by the end of the day. No, it’s not because I’m not sleeping enough.
Yes, I could fall back into old habits. No, I haven’t given up on fixing them.
Yes, I’m happier than I used to be. No, I did not just wake up one morning and decide to “be happy.”
Yes, you may know someone with BPD. No, that doesn’t mean you know me. We’re not all the same.
Yes, friendships and relationships can be tough. No, that doesn’t mean they’re impossible.
Yes, we’re portrayed as violent in the media. Most of us aren’t.
Yes, some people with BPD are parents. No, they aren’t automatically terrible parents.
Yes, I have borderline personality disorder (BPD). Yes, I’m a decent human being. Yes, people “put up with me.” In fact, people love me. Yes, I love other people. Yes, I can contribute to society. Yes, I’m safe to be around. Yes, I’ll answer your questions and hopefully put your fears to ease.
No, I don’t let it stop me from succeeding.
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