BPD mythbusters #6: Why socialization can be so freakin’ difficult

It is next to impossible for any one to carry a badge or something written on their foreheads that they suffer from a mental health issue known as BPD (bi-polar disorder). Hence healthy people usually mistake them as normal and try to interact normally with BPD-affected ones naively, where it often becomes extremely difficult for both to bear each other. Lesser interaction or actually a recluse type of lifestyle is best suited for  people with BPD.

Midnight Harmony

The desire to be liked, when you often feel unlikeable doesn’t make for a very good starting point for any relationship, whether it be professional, romantic or friendship. For people with BPD, everything in our being cries out: accept me, understand me, love me, help me make the hurt go away. To other people this may come across as being needy, selfish or maybe even, at times, narcissistic.

At the same time, there is the tendency to run away and be away from people as much as possible. Why? For me, socialization is often perplexing beyond all reason and emotionally draining on so many levels. After uncountable failed attempts at successful socialization and so many instances of just getting things completely f*cked up sometimes it’s just easier to avoid people all together. I often find it much more peaceful and satisfying to read a great book or watch a good…

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Depression: A war with self

Simone van Hove Emery has suffered from treatment-resisting major depression since her childhood all the way to her middle age today. The same depression (or bi-polar disorder) runs in her family too. She wrote an impressive piece about it on her own blog; https://walkingwithscars.com/2017/12/27/my-brain-is-a-scary-place/ She seems to be at a continuous war with herself, especially … Continue reading Depression: A war with self