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7 Gifts for Someone Who Has a Sense of Humor About Their Borderline Personality Disorder

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Living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be tough. And while it’s important to take BPD seriously, sometimes people who live with it can use humor as a helpful coping tool when things go sideways.

For anyone who likes a little light (or dark!) humor in their life with BPD, we see you. We hope you can share this list of gift ideas with people in your life who care.

For all the loved ones out there — remember if you have a “funny” friend who lives with BPD, don’t forget to check in on them. People who smile through their pain still struggle and need love and support.

Here are seven gifts perfect for folks who have a sense of humor about their BPD:

1. Stickers (Because You Just Can’t Buy Mood Stability)

Nothing says “I get it” more than a sticker referencing radical acceptance — a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skill many people with BPD benefit from. If you’re not hip to DBT lingo, have no fear! You can opt for a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of craving lots (and lots) of validation.


Our picks: “Got Radical Acceptance?” Sticker ($5), “I Need Constant Validation” Sticker ($3)

Need a non-judgmental place to talk about borderline personality disorder? Download our app and connect with others using the hashtag #BorderlineThoughts

2. Sassy Pill Boxes (Because You Just Can’t Buy a Cure for Chronic Emptiness)

For many people, medication is part of BPD recovery. Though remembering to take meds can sometimes be a drag, there’s no hurt in adding a little pizazz to their medication regiment (and life). Check out the the pillboxes below for some inspiration!

pill boxes

Our picks: “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Shake Your Meds” Pill Box ($15),  “Don’t Push Me When I’m on My Mood Wwing” Pill Box ($15)

3. Funny Entrance Sign (Because You Just Can’t Buy Stable Self-Image)

Living with BPD can sometimes feel a little hopeless, so why not remind people the second they walk through the door? Genius.

welcome sign "abandon all hope ye who enter here"

Our pick: “Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here” Welcome Sign ($12)

4. Books (Because Mental Health Treatment Is So Expensive)

Recommended by folks in our community, these books are a good laugh with the extra bonus of being helpful in recovery.

"furiously happy" book and "fuck feelings" book

Our picks: “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson ($11), “F*ck Feelings” by Michael I. Bennet, MD and Sarah Bennet ($20)

5. Mugs (Because You Just Can’t Buy a Way to Stop “Splitting”)

For days when BPD won’t leave you alone, sometimes you just need to sip your comforting coffee or tea in style — with a darkly humorous morning mug of course!


Our picks: “I Have to Work to Afford the Medication Required to Keep Working Here” Mug ($13), BPD Irony Mug ($10.48)

6. T-Shirts (Because You Just Can’t Buy Emotional Regulation)

How can you go wrong with a “Marsha Linehan Is My Homegirl” T-Shirt? I mean seriously, the woman created dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), the gold standard for treating BPD. For the folks who don’t want to think about treatment and just want some relief, there are still options. If you just want tacos, and not the rapid cycling mood swings characteristic of BPD — we see you. You’re welcome.


Our picks: “Marsha Linehan Is My Homegirl” T-shirt ($20), “I Want Tacos Not Feelings” T-Shirt ($21)

7. Posters (Because You Just Can’t Buy Serotonin)

When we asked folks in our BPD community what they wanted for the holidays, they said “Serotonin!” You can’t buy serotonin, but you can buy a serotonin poster — enjoy! You also might love the BPD superpower poster below, because contrary to popular belief, BPD isn’t all bad.

BPD posters

Our picks: “I Have BPD What’s Your Superpower?” Poster ($13), Serotonin Poster ($6)

What would you add? Tell us in the comments below.

Originally published: December 19, 2018
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