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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the more common personality disorders in America. The underlying issue of that statement is the portrayal of BPD in movies, TV series, and other media messages. Today there are many known life-threatening illnesses and hard to manage mental disorders, and therefore seeing BPD poorly acted out in television may make it unmanageable and even harder to deal with for those diagnosed with BPD. (Jump To List of Celebs)
In horror films, usually a female role displays (the worst) characteristic traits of borderline personality disorder. There are several factors of the pathology, but scary movies like to pick the same few traits. The “crazy bitch” in the film starts out as a nice and lovable woman, but soon after she starts displaying psychotic traits such as clinginess and obsession. These are the two most uncomfortable traits people with BPD suffer, and most of them are not psychopathic murderers as seen on TV.
In fact, many famous and favorable celebrities suffer or suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. If you’ve recently have been diagnosed with BPD, this article is made for you to:
- Understand the disorder is and how it affects people.
- Learn about celebrities with BPD in real life
- Read about or suggest characters with BPD that are relatable. These characters have more realistic traits of BPD, not just the “crazy psycho.”
Another thing to add before we begin, men can have this disorder too. It may be more common for women, but the opposite goes for schizophrenia and some women have that, too. So, fret not, you are not alone! In fact, maybe one of these celebs can become (or already is) your idol. Read more about borderline personality disorder here.
One of the biggest sex symbol’s of all time, an actress, and singer. Her BPD included depression, addiction (highly common and associated with the pathology), low self-esteem, fear of abandonment and clinginess in her relationships. She was married thrice, which was highly publicized. She adored the attention but often had disagreements about her roles.
Spears has been an icon since I can remember, in fact, I bet I still know all her songs from before 2010. She is suspected of having BPD from her depression, substance abuse, and mood swings. Much of this stemmed from her public front, meaning the “face and show” celebrities have to put on for each performance. Her career was impacted by her behaviors and neurosis. She had many failed relationships, sadly. Though it’s not exactly confirmed, many say her actions describe borderline personality disorder. Luckily for her and her fans, Spear’s managed to produce and perform incredible music.
Her death still haunts many of us, her loving fans. After her death, doctors found that her personality included many BPD traits, including covering up her problems with alcohol and drugs (self-medicating).
Since it’s important to include guys in this mix, I should do that, right? Hammond is a comedian and performer and is very public about his condition.
Scott Levy, aka Raven
He describes his pathology including narcissism and emotional and mental issues. He acknowledges that this stems from the child-neglect he experienced in the past. Having wonderful performers, such as Raven, talk about childhood issues and his mental illnesses is very important for his followers that also have BPD.
Marshal is an American football player. His symptoms are of fear of abandonment, an inability to process emotions, and fear of loneliness and boredom. Marshall is an example of a male with BPD that can relate to a woman with BPD, another very important attribute to this world.
Finally, the Characters.
Sometimes even fictional characters can help us through the toughest of times. Personally, I’ve read Perks of Being a Wallflower countless amounts of times to get through my repressed memories and life drama. So for you all with BPD and other mental illnesses, it’s wonderful to have someone to relate to- even if it’s a legitimized fictional character.
Girl, Interrupted: This film taught me about BPD, which was very confusing for me to understand. But, that’s the stigma, isn’t it? Susanna spends 18 months in the hospital after a suicide attempt. Though she experiences a possibly unlikely experience, her characteristics are very relatable to someone with BPD.
Fatal Attraction: the femme fatale in this film displays emotional turmoil and instability, self-harm, anger, and manipulation. As already said, usually females are displayed in the media with BPD, and this character shows some extreme traits.
The Hours: This film displays depression and suicide, as well as BPD.
Silver Linings Playbook: Looking for their silver lining, Jennifer Lawrence plays this character exactly how I imagined her while reading the book. The character Tiffany displays fear of abandonment, anger, instability, and many other traits. Heart-wrenching, but very relatable.
Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind: Some believe Clementine displays some characteristics of BPD, so have a look-see for yourself (I promise you won’t regret it, just might cry a lot).
Hopefully, these two lists and descriptions of BPD helped you understand a little more about BPD. Learning how it affects the person and those around them, as well as hearing about others with the disorder is comforting. Maybe it can help you introspect throughout your journey.