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Do borderlines suffer more than people with other disorders?

Postby mirracle4 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:41 am

I was wondering, do you guys think that people with BPD, in general, suffer more than people with other disorders? Is it even possible to compare or rank disorders by level of severity? For example, would you say that BPD is more severe of a disorder than PTSD? DID? NPD? Depressive disorders? Generalized anxiety disorder? Or is it impossible to know and depends highly on the individual’s particular level of impairement and particular symptoms at a specific point in time?

I know, for example, that people with BPD can suffer from depression (in addition to other symptoms related to BPD), but does that necessarily mean that BPD is always more severe (or causes more suffering) than depression on its own? I just wanted to get some opinions.
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Re: Do borderlines suffer more than people with other disorders?

Postby jaus tail » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:18 am

to be honest i think everyone thinks that their suffering is the worst. i dont think one can compare suffering. sure the pain of a severe ailment is more than the discomfort of common cold.

i think many pds sort of overlap or the symptoms overlap. speaking for myself i got anxiety, depression, anxiety issues, dissociation. i think of all of them dissociation n anger issues are worst cause they put me in dangerous situations.
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Re: Do borderlines suffer more than people with other disorders?

Postby sickofbeinginvalid » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:14 pm

In some ways, yes. I believe Borderline in general is the most misunderstood mental illness out there. I also believe because we feel things so intensely and on a different level than most, it’s difficult for people to see our point of view. Borderline also kind of runs the gamut for all the personality disorders so a lot of us have traits from every single disorder. Also I think because it’s a personality disorder it’s all consuming and more consistent than say depression or even bipolar.

A lot of people may argue schizophrenics have it worse, but at least with schizophrenia there are meds to help calm the voices down. With BPD, there are no meds... it’s all DBT therapy.
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Re: Do borderlines suffer more than people with other disorders?

Postby Una+ » Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:52 pm

No. Borderlines do not suffer more than others. Nor do they suffer less. The diagnostic categories are all about the kind of suffering or dysfunction, not its severity.
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Re: Do borderlines suffer more than people with other disorders?

Postby mirracle4 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:00 pm

sickofbeinginvalid wrote:In some ways, yes. I believe Borderline in general is the most misunderstood mental illness out there. I also believe because we feel things so intensely and on a different level than most, it’s difficult for people to see our point of view. Borderline also kind of runs the gamut for all the personality disorders so a lot of us have traits from every single disorder. Also I think because it’s a personality disorder it’s all consuming and more consistent than say depression or even bipolar.

A lot of people may argue schizophrenics have it worse, but at least with schizophrenia there are meds to help calm the voices down. With BPD, there are no meds... it’s all DBT therapy.


I see what you mean. From what I’ve been reading, it does seem like BPD is the most misunderstood mental illness out there. Compared to schizophrenia, though, I think BPD is less debilitating overall. Yes there are meds to help those with schizophrenia, but schizophrenics are more psychotic in nature... I read that people with BPD may hear voices too, but that the voices are less psychotic in nature.. They stem from the different dissociated parts of the personality and may, for instance, be a voice of a parent from childhood... They’re more traumatic in nature (while people with schizophrenia are more likely to hear the voice of God, the devil, etc.)... And since in BPD the symptoms are more trauma-related (or unmet developmental needs related), there is more hope for those with BPD if they are able to find the right therapist who can help them resolve past traumas (rather than solely focusing on controlling here-and-now symptoms). I don’t know if that applies to everybody, but that’s just something that I read which seems to make sense to me.
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Re: Do borderlines suffer more than people with other disorders?

Postby star dust » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:48 am

Yes. Yes they do. My suffering is worse than anyone’s.
Of course not really. Anyone can suffer incredibly regardless of diagnosis. But my experience is that my suffering is greater. I am in constant pain that no one understands. I change all the time. My moods change but don’t have any predictable pattern. Nothing about me is predictable. I don’t understand myself and no one else understands me either. I’m just a big ball of extreme emotions and confusion and lack of solid stable identity. My mind is like a labyrinth. My identity is too. My entire experience is. But my pain is real. But it just makes no sense. Nothing makes sense.
But no I don’t think you can say borderlines suffer more than anyone else but I also believe that many borderlines do suffer a lot more than a lot of people.
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