BPD Awareness Month 13

Day 13 of Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month.

 

The final symptom listed as one of the main indicators of BPD is "a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation" (Wikipedia). For a friend or significant other of someone with BPD, this is probably one of the hardest symptoms to accept, for obvious reasons. Much of the time, a person with BPD can have a very giving nature which people are drawn to. But eventually it's like something just shifts, and they feel a powerful urge to create conflict with or get away from those who know and love them best. And because their perception may be very distorted, much of this is subconscious. However, I strongly believe that people with BPD can learn to fight this urge. Learning they have BPD, and becoming familiar with BPD tendencies, is half the battle.

 

To find out more about BPD, see this page on my tumblr.

 

I'd still appreciate any suggestions for concepts to depict in the month's remaining artworks. Is there anything you really wish you could explain to people about BPD? Is there anything you really wish you could say to those who have it? FlickrMail me! :)

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Taken on May 13, 2011