Borderline personality disorder is thought to affect between 1% and 6% of the population. It is more common in women than men.

  • The most telling sign of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a long history of instability in personal relationships. This is partly caused by unstable and impulsive emotions.
  • At one time people with borderline personality disorder can idolise someone else, and soon after they hate them. As a result those with a borderline personality disorder often have very intense relationships with others

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story from the point of view of someone with borderline personality disorder.

Journaling Prompt: Wriete about the most intense, unstable person you’ve ever known. What did you learn from that relationship?

Art Prompt: Borderline personality disorder

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Make your audience aware of borderline personality disorder.

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4 Responses to Prompt #1429 Borderline Personality Disorder

  1. Ex-husband’s best friend was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I learned that someone with BPD can “love” you so much they’ll carve your name on their chest, and later hate you so much they’ll steal a gun and stalk you.

    Not a barrel of laughs.

  2. Guita says:

    This particular trait could apply to a lot of people, and it is clear from the complete list of traits in the link that it isn’t, on its own, a signifier of BPD.

    Indeed, there are some who say that the opposite of love is not hate but indifference.

    Aren’t you over-egging the pudding?

    • Liz says:

      A reputable clinician will only diagnose a personality disorder after a long period of working with someone. You see the low incidence for BPD in the reading (which I didn’t write). Many more people, however, will be diagnosed with Cluster B personality traits or even borderline personality traits. That means they don’t fully meet the criteria, however, they do approach them. If you still feel this is “over-egged”, I would encourage you to click the link to go to the original reading, because this is just an excerpt. I include the link for people who want to read more. If you read the entire thing and still feel this way, your argument is with the original author and now you are in a place where you can provide that feedback to him.

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