It's a common misconception that all people with BPD grew up with abusive and emotionally distant parents. BPD is believed to be a result of both nature and nurture.
3. Myth: People with BPD don't know how to love
People with BPD have difficulty controlling their emotions - but that doesn't mean they don't feel them. Dr. Manning says people with BPD have a tremendous capacity for love and are often compassionate and caring towards humans and pets.
While it can be exhausting and exasperating at times, it's entirely possible to have a lasting, loving relationship with someone who suffers from BPD. Dr. Manning says there are several strategies you can use if your partner has BPD. It helps to keep your own emotions in check when the person with BPD is acting emotional. So does acknowledging their emotions by saying things like "I can see that this must hurt a lot" rather than dismissing them.
More people diagnosed with BPD are women- about 70 percent - but plenty of men suffer from the disorder. Researchers believe that BPD is underdiagnosed in men.
5. Myth: People with BPD are unbearable
6. Myth: People with BPD can't take care of themselves
7. Myth: People with BPD don't really want to kill themselves
8. Myth: There are no treatments for BPD