You know you’re Borderline when…

Over the last few days, I have been reading various blog posts, mainly from the forum Psych Central, Jaen Wirefly and Sharon Howard, entitled ‘You know you’re borderline when….’. The following are those I have associated most with, and I have added a few of my own too.

‘You know you’re borderline when you crave attention but you don’t know what to do when you get it’. (Jaen Wirefly)

This is soooo true. Admittedly, my attention seeking behaviours are much more self moderated now, in fact I can identify when they are occuring as opposed to being complete oblivious, but they still happen, and when I get the attention I crave I feel like I am in the spotlight, and feel embarassed and ashamed. It would be so much simpler to not crave the attention in the first place, but alas, BPD says that is not to be.

‘You know you’re borderline when your rage can smoke out a whole country’. (Jaen Wirefly)

Dear god, so true. Out of no-where, this incoherent bloody rage can appear, and just as quick as it arrived, it dissapears, leaving nothing else but devastation and exhaustion in its wake. There does not have to be a trigger, although there usually is, and there is no pattern to this extreme emotion, it is inconsist and extremely volatile.

‘You know you’re borderline when your boyfriend doesn’t call you when he says he’s going to, so you go to his house and break all his windows.’ (Psych Central)

Oh man did I laugh at this one. I’ve been there so many times (although admittedly managed to stop myself from going window smashing, I did once spend an hour cutting up love letters and post them to an ex).

‘You know you’re borderline when you hated this person yesterday because they said something horrible to you, today they smile at you and you love them. (Sharon Howard)

Again, so true. Most of the time I am so desperate for people to like me, I will forgive their actions immediately. That is, until they REALLY piss me off… :D!

‘You know you’re borderline when you can’t watch sad films because you become too emotionally involved with the story and are left devastated at the end. (Sharon Howard)

I have actually lost count of the times I have had the fun poked at me for sitting in the cinema sobbing my poor little heart out. Films like Titanic, War Horse, Bambi (!), Black Beauty – yes ok, people understand and cry along with me. But others – I mean, Thunderpants?! I just get so involved with the characters, it’s almost as though I feel their pain as my own. Maybe I take escapism a little too far, sometimes I feel it is good to feel emotion – I go through phases of not being able to cry for myself, so at least during these times I can cry for someone else (depsite them not being real!)

‘You know you’re borderline when people can’t recognise you by your hairstyle/dress sense because it changes so often you look like a different person every day.’ (Sharon Howard)

I’ve covered this briefly in a previous post, but OH SO TRUE. I don’t have a set style, or look. This includes hair – short, long, curly, straight, fringe, no fringe! Most of the time I don’t even have a look that ‘works’! But you would never, ever be able to identify me by it, as it changes so quickly and so often. Ahhh the life of a borderline!

‘You know you’re borderline when something upsets you or you do something wrong and you immediately feel you need to hurt yourself as punishment.’ (Sharon Howard)

I don’t think I need to even explain this one, but all through my childhood I remember hurting myself on purpose (hitting myself, shutting my fingers in doors) and thinking to myself, I am doing this because I deserve it, because I am a bad person and I should feel pain. At the time, I was so young, I knew nothing of BPD and didn’t know what I was doing was wrong.This extended to when things happened that weren’t deliberate. When I failed an exam, it wasn’t because I hadn’t revised, or wasn’t clever enough, it was because I deserved it. When I lost pets, I ‘deserved’ to feel that pain.

‘You know you’re borderline when you feel suicidal over a small incident because you just feel emotional pain so much more than non-BP’s and the only thing that could make it stop is killing yourself.’ (Sharon Howard)

Yep, all the time. Gone are the days of the normal reaction of ‘oops’ or ‘I cocked up there’ (did they even exist?). Now, it’s the end of the world if I make a mistake, or if something goes wrong. I recently ran an event, the whole day was a complete success, and I was thanked by many people for all the work I had put in to make it run so smoothly. There was, however, one small error that I made, and I tortured myself for days over it.I forgot all about the positive feedback that I had recieved – this one small error led to a long period of suicidal ideation because I clearly wasn’t good enough to be allowed to live any longer.

‘You know you’re borderline when your personal first aid kit is bigger and more well stocked than the one in the family bathroom.’

Yep – it’s me that people come to for bandages, plasters and micropor tape!!!

Take care. x





  1. Jaen Wirefly · · Reply

    Awww thanks for the amazing tribute in your post! I was the one who started the original “You Know Your Borderline When…” thread on Psych central and wrote a post about the experience:

    When I joined Psych Central, I wasn’t doing too well. I was pretty sad and I needed to vent so I created this thread. To my surprise the thread touched a lot of peoples hearts and tons of people contributed to the thread till it met it’s maximum limit. Then I saw someone else started the second thread because they were upset the last one closed!!! I couldn’t believe it! That thread is still going strong.

    Then I noticed Sharon, after reading my blog made a post titled “You Know You’re Borderline When..” To tell you the truth, I was a bit insulted she didn’t state her post was inspired by my blog but she did give me credit in her article so I couldn’t be too upset.

    I guess when people are dealing with such strong emotions laughter, sometimes is the only way to get through the day.

    1. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog, it helps me a lot. X

      1. Jaen Wirefly · ·

        That’s so good to hear;)

  2. Mandi · · Reply

    I read all those too… and hate the fact that I COMPLETELY relate to most. Isn’t it frustrating doing and being things that we don’t LIKE? I think I’ve said it before, but it’s what my therapist refers to it as the “ultimate self harm, becoming what you hate”. UGH!

    I have loved reading your blog, getting caught up with your story. AFTER I FIGURED OUT THAT YOU WEREN’T IN IMMINENT DANGER 🙂

    I’m still processing the fact that this disorder has so many “weird” characteristics… but we all have some or most of them. It’s sad, but it also makes me feel better knowing that there’s some kind of explanation for why I do crazy stuff that I never thought I would do! So many times reading all of your stories (Jaen, Sharon, Zen, gypsy, Quiet Borderline… ) It’s like reading about my own life, my own feelings. It’s just a crazy feeling I guess.

    Thanks for taking the time to write out your story, and continuing…


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: