Article by: Nathan K.
BPD, also known as Borderline Personality Disorder, is a form of depression that affects 1.4 percent of the worldwide population. That means that over 400 million people in the US have BPD. BPD impacts the way the person thinks about themselves and others. Some symptoms of this mental illness is unstable relations with people or threating or attempting to commit suicide.
Most people who have BPD are born with it. BPD affects the brain in the sense that the anger and stress levels are much higher. Someone with BPD may have a very hard time making friends or finding a Job because of their rapid mood swings. Having BPD means that you become very sad for things that seem like small things to people who don’t have to battle depression. For example, a person with BPD may start yelling and screaming at someone for having accidentally insulted them. They also may feel empty inside, and feel like they can’t do something. They could say things like “I can’t do this”. It is also hard for many with BPD to bounce back from hard events in their life, like losing their job.
One way that people can support people with BPD is telling them, “You can do it” so they feel like they can. Also tolerating mood swings and tantrums from a person can help them. Many people don’t want to be friends with someone who yells at them a lot, so it can be hard to find friends. They need lots of support because they need it.
BPD is a very common, very impactful form of depression. Lots of people turn a blind eye to it and don’t support people with BPD because they don’t like people with mood swings and depressed people. But supporting people with BPD is very important. It could save their life.