Demanding, capricious and intense in relationships, you will be in turn exhilarated and exhausted if you have a partner with borderline.
Borderline Personality Disorder: The Symptoms, Signs, And What It’s Really Like To Have It
Posted: 29/05/2015 14:48 BST Updated: 02/06/2015 08:59 BST
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) does not mean crazy. It’s also not solely reserved for psychopathic serial killers in murder dramas.
It’s a mental health condition which around one in every 150 in the UK people live with – whether they realise it or not.
“When people say ‘you’ve got a split personality’, borderline personality disorder is what they really mean, not the common misconception of being schizophrenic,” says Dr Adrian Lord, psychiatrist at The Priory Chadwick Lodge.
“If there is someone with borderline in your family, office or friends circle you will know it believe you me. But you – and even they – might not realise that is what it is.
“They will be the daughter, boyfriend, or colleague who seems so moody and unpredictable, so charming, so entertaining and beguiling yet so infuriatingly difficult to know and be close to. Never short of a strong opinion themselves, they will also divide opinion and be either loved or loathed by others.”
He continues: “Demanding, capricious and intense in relationships, you will be in turn exhilarated and exhausted if you have a partner with borderline. You may never be quite sure of where you stand and the constant crises will have you wondering if the upsides of the relationship are worth the pain.”