“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.
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.
Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own FightArticle published by The New York Times from June 23, 2011.
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.
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.”
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 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 (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.