In some parts of the world, BPD is instead referred to as “emotionally unstable personality disorder” or “emotional intensity disorder”. Whatever one wants to call it, the bottom line is that people who suffer from BPD experience emotion to an extreme degree. Something offensive or harsh that is said to a non-BPD is momentarily hurtful or uncomfortable but then the experience begins to fade through memory and eventually even may be forgotten. For individuals with BPD, this is not the experience at all. For us, even the smallest inconsiderate remark can send us into internal turmoil for days and even after we regain stability, we dwell on the event for weeks after that. Suicide and BPD expert, Dr. Marsha Linehan, describes it well.
“People with BPD are like people with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies. Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.”
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