It's true, we sometimes demand what might seem like more than our fair share of air-space, but it comes from desperation, not egotism. However, many people believe that this is less to do with the fact that more women suffer from it and more to do with the ways in which society expects men and women to show emotion.
Women are traditionally deemed prone to over-sharing, tears and obsessive "crushes" – and female BPD sufferers are often ridiculed as an exaggerated stereotype of a "hysterical" woman.
You might see it as an overreaction – to us, it's an honest expression of what we're feeling. I'm not going to boil Flopsy alive, I'm a vegetarian.
Unfortunately, BPD has become a one-size-fits-all label for "dangerous" women.
Borderlines do not have the monopoly on infidelity, although to hear some people speak you'd think they did.
So please, stay awake long enough to text us back and tell us it's OK.I don't hide them away all the time anymore because even in Britain the sun comes out sometimes.This is an incredibly triggering line of questioning, but people often feel the need to ask anyway.Drinking, drugs, cutting, shopping, sex addiction – each can potentially provide a temporary relief from the maelstrom within when you suffer from BPD.Healing takes a long time, so it's no wonder that it's difficult for many BPD sufferers to kick those addictive behaviours that provide an instant temporary crutch (while at the same time, of course, perversely hindering the process of properly healing). " is what you should be asking if you're serious about providing support.In a nutshell, many mental health specialists believe that men with BPD often hide their pain until it manifests as a more accepted "masculine" emotion – rage – and this can lead to misdiagnosis.Bonus points to the man who once saw my scars, laughed and asked "Oh, do you have a cat?BPD makes us paranoid sometimes and we might not want to think about what you say behind our backs, even if it's spoken with love and concern. And as long as people don't speak out about it, of course, the stigma will continue to grow.I can't even count the number of times I've had people sit in front of me, peddling stereotypes about BPD sufferers, unaware of my status.In Bipolar Disorder, mood swings occur but the moods tend to last a lot longer, with weeks or even months of intense mania or deep depression.These moods are also less likely to be influenced by external events than they are in BPD. It's unhelpful to keep telling people with BPD that they may not recover, because it risks becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy and may prevent them from seeking help.