Hear From People With BPD

“I feel empty inside.”

“I constantly try to find something meaningful.”

“I define myself by the way other people respond to me.”

“I don’t know who I am.”

These phrases describe the way many people with borderline personality disorder feel. At the same time, learning that you are not the only one with the disorder can be a source of great comfort.

Listen as several people with BPD tell their stories – including Amanda Wang, who has battled BPD, became a boxer, and established the group RethinkBPD.

Amanda Wang

Borderline Personality Disorder Documentary

Amanda Wang’s battle to overcome her struggles with BPD, confront public stigma, and become a boxer.

BPD Profile: Struggles, Breakdown & Breakthrough

Amanda Wang recounts her struggle and eventual breakthrough dealing with mental illness.

“Rethinking BPD: A Patient’s View” Lecture at the NIMH

Amanda Wang talks about BPD at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Back From the Edge

Back From the Edge is a documentary that weaves the personal accounts of three patients with BPD and their families with commentary from top experts in the field: Otto Kernberg, MD, Marsha Linehan, PhD, John Gunderson, MD, Wayne Fenton, MD, and Perry Hoffman, PhD.

Their stories shed a light on the experience of BPD and reveal how the proper diagnosis and treatment of BPD can bring someone from the fringes of devastation back to rebuilding relationships and a better life.

http://youtu.be/_34Yd6m50dk (Spanish)

Excerpts From the Documentary

What is BPD?

BPD is characterized by a persistent instability of emotions, behaviors, and/or relationships.

“I don’t know who I am…”

People with BPD often lack a sense of self and may adopt personas in an effort to “fit in.”

Bad Behavior

To regulate emotional extremes, risky behavior creates outer chaos to distract from inner chaos.


Cutting uses physical pain as a way to deal with an intense emotion in the short term instead of its cause.

Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts are a common reality among those living with BPD.

A Treatable Disorder

The diagnosis is often a relief to people with BPD, realizing others understand their experience and treatment options exist.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP)

The Biological Basis

BPD has a predisposing biological base and brain pathway anomalies explain how people with BPD misperceive facial cues.

Advice for Families

The experiences of others can help families navigate the obstacles they will encounter during the BPD treatment process.

The Good Prognosis

BPD is treatable and people can get better, sustain manageable lives, and rebuild relationships.