Borderline Personality Disorder,  Odds and Ends

Results from my latest poll

Last year, I launched a poll asking my readers how they are related to a person with BPD. The choices were:

  • Self
  • Spouse
  • Non-Spouse Partner
  • Child
  • Parent
  • Sibling or Other Relation
  • Friend
  • Ex-Partner or Ex-Spouse

I got 141 votes from 102 voters (you could choose more than one relationship if you had more than one). I have now closed that poll and wanted to present the results. I have two graphs that represent the results of that poll. One is a straight results graph:


Which shows that the spouse category is the largest at about 22%. However, in the next graph I combined spouse, non-spouse partner and ex-partner (or spouse) and found the following:


With 42.55% showing that the relationship is with a spouse/partner/ex. This could be explained by the fact that many children are not given the diagnosis until later in life (supposedly BPD is only diagnosiable at 18 years of age and more) and as the Time article notedthe “prime time” for BPD is in ones 20’s.

One Comment

  • BPD in OKC

    This probably goes without saying, but I think the reason the “partner/ex” categories are higher than “self” is that many Borderlines don’t fully realize that they truly have the disorder. So, therefore, it’s not normally the Borderline who goes seeking information; it’s family members.

    Just thought I’d throw that out there.

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