2.09.2007

Gouda's "You Be Fukk'n Nutz Reference Guide": Part 1 -- Borderline Personality Disorder

Today I would like to educate you all on a personality disorder that is, unfortunately, near and not-so-dear to me. Not that I should at all be trying to diagnose the people in my life, but if I had to chose from any of the 11 known personality disorders that afflict a few the people whom I'd like to violently avoid, it would be that of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Look around you. Maybe there is a friend or acquaintance in your vicnity who has the distinct ability to make you feel frightened, irritated, guilty, and (perhaps most of all) nauseated, usually all at once. I don't know what it is, but I can't seem to escape the borderlines. My first boyfriend was a textbook case of BPD, and if I had actually known more about the disorder when I was 14 years old, I probably could have saved myself a few years of misery. The trend appears to have started with him, and it continues to this day, usually causing me to exclaim to myself internally: "Oh God, not ANOTHER one! WHY can't these people just KILL themselves already!?"

So I'm here to help you arm yourselves with knowledge on your local area borderlines. First of all, the following sentence perfectly encapsulates the borderline mentality: "I hate you, don't leave me!" This is the person who will love you one minute and the second they feel that you no longer care enough, they will instantly devalue you. Their perceived sense of abandonment is often played out by enacting in dramatic behaviors, such as suicide threats and self-mutilation. Also, they will frequently change their identities. And no, I don't mean drivers licenses and social security numbers, but more in changes in value structure and self-image.

You can read the diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder here, and although I have to advise against you diagnosing your friends and family based on something you read on a blog, I only have this to say -- if you know anyone who falls under at least 5 of those criteria and who makes your existence confusing, bleak, and suffused with the maddening urge to choke that person until they are no longer living, I have two words of advice for you: Run away. And if they threaten suicide because you did that, I suggest you share with them these two words: "Please do."

The second most prevalant personality disorder that I seem to encounter is Histrionic Personality Disorder, but I'll save that one for another post.

7 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD I KNOW THIS POST IS ABOUT ME WHY DON'T YOU JUST COME OUT AND SAY IT!!

    Oh wait... I'm just histrionic : )
    [enter unnecessary theatrics]

    All I can say to this post is... I feel you on this one.

    That, and "Razzle Dazzle!" - LOL

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  2. Oh Gawd, I think this perfectly describes an ex-boyfriend.

    Actually mental illness ran in his family. I just always assumed he was bi-polar like his mother and his grandmother. But they were all miserable to be around, so I guess the diagnosis doesn't really matter.

    The best thing I ever did was get rid of that guy.

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  3. "please do"....LOLOL Absolutely spot on advice as they can't be fixed!!

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  4. i thought this was a joke until i went and read your link. this is real? i must lead a sheltered life here. i really thought it meant you were borderline on actually HAVING a personality, see? okay, i'm the sick one, sorry, sue me.

    smiles, bee

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  5. I know quite a few bordline people. For a while psychiatrists were using that in evals as almost a buzzward. Before that it seemed Adjustment Disorder was a biggie.

    As for histrionic disorder..I know far too many people who fill that bill. When I worked with teens in a crisis center, histrionic teens were the worst. Especially when they verbalized suicidal ideations.

    ARRRGGGGHHHH.

    Anyway, thanks for a good post. Take care.

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  6. Army -- OMG!! I'll have you know I totally effing chocked when I read the last part of that message. LMAO!

    SQT -- good for you. Yeah, they will make your lives an utter misery. Stay far far away.

    Turnbaby -- Exactly. For some people, suicide is highly underrated. LOL

    Bee -- you're such a meanie! I'm going to go cry now!

    Stewart -- thank you for reading! Come back often! I'll try to keep things updated more regularly. :)

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  7. Oooooo Allie. Going all sexy with the new pic. I am going to stare at it while I mutilate my left nut.

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