See our page on self-care for BPD for some ideas on how to cope with difficult feelings.
It feels like there is something missing from inside me and no one understands when I try to explain how I feel.
Alcohol and substance misuse
Some people with BPD might be more likely to misuse drugs and alcohol as a way of trying to cope with the difficult emotions they experience. You can find out more information, including where to get support, in our pages on the mental health effects of recreational drugs and alcohol. You can also access confidential advice about drugs and alcohol on the FRANK website.
BPD can be exhausting. My mind is a constant rollercoaster of emotions but when the emotions are happy and exhilarating it is the best feeling in the world.
BPD and other mental health problems
It’s common to experience other mental health problems alongside BPD, which could include:
It took a long time to get my BPD/EUPD diagnosis because of also having other disorders, but I'm at a happy place now in life thanks to a variety of factors.
Experiences of facing stigma
Because BPD is a complex diagnosis that not everyone understands well, you might find some people have a negative image of it, or have misconceptions about you.
This can be very upsetting and frustrating, especially if someone who feels this way is a friend, colleague, family member or a health care professional.
But it's important to remember that you aren't alone, and you don't have to put up with people treating you badly. Here are some options for you to think about:
- Show people this information to help them understand more about what your diagnosis really means.
- Get more involved in your treatment. Our pages on seeking help for a mental health problem provide guidance on having your say in your treatment, making your voice heard, and steps you can take if you're not happy with your care.
- Know your rights. Our pages on legal rights provide more information.
- Take action with Mind. See our campaigning page for details of the different ways you can get involved with helping us challenge stigma.
Find out more about BPD and stigma on the Time to Change website.
The stigma is the worst for me. I'm a caring and empathetic soul who would do anything for the people I love.
This information was published in January 2018. We will revise it in 2021.