Art by Solo for The Health Collective
As someone who is BPD, meeting people who can relate to my symptoms is quite a common part of my life. To be honest, it would be strange if they didn’t. At the end of the day, a personality disorder does mean that you indulge in a lot of unhealthy thinking and even coping mechanisms – over and over and over again. Sadly, as someone with a diagnosis, getting away with bad behaviour in the name of mental illness has not been a luxury that I have been able to experience. You see, more often than not, a personality disorder diagnosis is not really an excuse. It is all the reasons you need to be more responsible and accountable. While self-diagnosis does seem like a quick and cheap way to figure out what’s wrong with you… most of the time, it ends up being horribly wrong.
A set of relatable symptoms is common for a plethora of mental illnesses. It is also highly characteristic of people who just don’t want to behave themselves. Without a proper diagnosis, you never know what you are suffering from. Sadly, you can’t choose your mental illness bases on symptoms you like the best. More often than not, as the sufferer, you tend to overlook symptoms that could make a world of a difference in your diagnosis.
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