Dating someone with a borderline personality disorder
Mood disorders are different than personality disorders in that they can be more transient.
When in relationship with someone with this disorder it can feel like being a border guard always on patrol or high alert.
It takes a high caliber of self-control to regulate situations.
There are two ends of the spectrum with this disorder. The mental health field is still running studies on both polls and the pharmacology field continues to refine its medicines to treat this disorder.
When dating someone who is bi-polar it can feel very much like a parental relationship where one party is the “voice of reason” and the disordered person is “out of control.” When a person is manic they can be fun to be around for a short period of time and can often act charismatic. When in relationship with a depressive individual life can feel infuriating and frustrating.
Personality disorders are often meant to be used as a diagnostic tool.
In an attempt to shed light on what it is like to be with a person who is disordered—or as the layman would call it “crazy”—I’m offering a list of the two types of mental health afflictions and what it is like to be in relationship with someone who is suffering from them.
The first is mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD.In fact, it can be exhausting to be with someone with PTSD because they keep odd and sporadic sleep schedules.Further they can have a hair-trigger temper or act impulsively when making decisions.The second are personality disorders such as borderline, narcissistic, sociopathic, and obsessive-compulsive.They are both a type of mental and emotional prison; and when dating someone who has either (or both) type of disorder, it can feel like being caged.Again, there is a spectrum of functional on one side and dysfunctional on the other.