Personality disorders are a unique category in the world of mental illness.
While someone with depression or anxiety may feel that they are experiencing symptoms that are different from their normal state, people with personality disorders often fail to realize that their emotions and reactions depart from the typical human experience.
Having a mental illness doesn’t make someone less lovable.Oftentimes, it's confused with Bipolar Disorder, which is characterized by more extreme, fast mood swings.Perhaps the most well-known example of BPD is Winona Ryder’s character Susanna Kaysen in a film which follows the real-life experience (it's based on the book written by Kaysen) of young women in a mental hospital in the '60s.Corinne explains, "Sometimes it comes up naturally in conversation toward the beginning of things, if we're discussing mental health.Otherwise, I have to kind of disclose things when I have a moody or depressive episode and have inevitably taken it out on them." Mood swings or depressive episodes that can last for days are common in BPD, so if you're spending a lot of time with your significant other, you can bet that they’ll see you experiencing a low.
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Courtney admits, “I only really had two relationships before meeting my husband, one of which was problematic on both sides, but was definitely destroyed by my drug addiction and cheating, both symptoms of BPD.” She elaborates, “It's easy to get swept away in impulsive behaviors and lose [your] grip on reality.