Attention Seeker

I’ve been diagnosed with BPD.

If you haven’t heard of the many wonders of this disorder, it entails intense feelings, loyalty and some major impulsivity.

As with and disorder, it has it’s down sides. I won’t go into them, as most of them are pretty prevalent throughout any literature that you’ll find through a simple Google search.

But you know what it doesn’t entail?

A deep seated desire to manipulate and a thirst for attention.

That’s what any article about BPD will tell you.

That’s what most mental health professionals will tell you.

Or maybe they won’t tell you.

Maybe they talk about it being intense emotions, or as if it’s like having no skin so you feel everything more fiercely than anyone else.

Maybe they’ll refute the BPD diagnosis, because they can’t believe you could be a manipulative attention seeker.

It’s time to call bullcrap on all of that.

Borderline Personality Disorder is not synonymous with manipulation.

I have met so many ‘neurotypicals’ who are devilishly manipulative.

I have met so many Borderlines who are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

I’ve also met people who are diagnosed with BPD that are manipulative. I’ve met people with no mental health issues who are lovely.

I’m sure you have too.

It takes all sorts to build a world.

If I’ve met the same variety of people along the scale of manipulation, with and without BPD… why do we still persist with the belief that BPD = manipulative?

BPD is not synonymous with manipulation.

‘Neurotypical’ is not synonymous with nice.

People have more range than that.

Life would be boring if classifying everyone you met was that simple.

There’s more to the Borderline than society’s misinformed labels.

Borderline Personality Disorder is not synonymous with manipulation.

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