Myths and facts

Know BPD. No Stigma.

Even with increased scientifically-based evidence in today’s world about BPD, there are still lingering myths and misconceptions about the disorder. It is time to dispel these myths about BPD!

MYTH: BPD is rare
FACT: Between 1-4% of the population is estimated to have BPD diagnosis. That’s more than bipolar disorder and schizophrenia combined!

MYTH: Only women have BPD
FACT: It is true that there is currently a 3 to 1 female to male ratio in those diagnosed with BPD. Psychology theories suggest that when men display similar symptoms they may be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder due to this myth. In addition, men and women respond different to emotional distress. Women are more likely to internalise their overwhelming feelings leading them to depression and anxiety. Whereas men tend to have more explosive temperaments and engage in impulsive behaviours to avoid emotional harm and this may explain why there is a 3 to 1 male to female ratio in antisocial personality disorder diagnoses.

MYTH: “Help-rejecting complainers”, irresponsible, fickle and egocentric
FACT: Those who suffer from BPD are genuinely suffering and do not choose to be this way. Unfortunately, many people dismiss those with BPD as manipulative, destructive, and violent. Media portrayals of people with BPD show them as violent because of strong tendencies towards angry outbursts, but this is a minute representation out of the hundreds of BPD trait combinations. When someone is consciously manipulative, they deliberately seek to control or influence another person’s behaviour to get what they want. A person with BPD is too impulsive to think things through and many of their actions are done out of desperation for help so sometimes these intentions are misunders