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While these representations are regularly problematic, there are some that seize the essence of BPD and help to communicate its existence, flattering or otherwise.
Perhaps most pointedly, there is the psycho ex-girlfriend trope.
Impulsive actions, another defining feature of BPD, also popped up in my relationships.
Even I managed to read Susanna Kaysen’s memoir Girl, Interrupted (perhaps more commonly recognized in its 1999 Winona Ryder filmic reimagining) twice and didn’t glean that it was ostensibly describing what I had.
After our affair flamed out, it took a number of years for me to even consider opening up again.
When I did, that partner bore witness to the opposite tendencies.
On the other, more chilling hand, a constant feed of experiences means interpretations of illness can be easily warped.
Take Urban Outfitters’ “depression T-shirt,” or the well-documented and unconquerable pro-anorexia websites and Tumblr blogs as particularly saddening examples.Despite what these sites want you to believe, mental health disorders are not pretty, decorative, or glamorous.