I Am Grateful for My Borderline Personality Disorder

Feb 20, 19 I Am Grateful for My Borderline Personality Disorder

I Am Grateful for My Borderline Personality Disorder

by Whitney Easton from Healthyplace.com

Am I grateful for my borderline personality disorder (BPD)? Yes. Years after my initial diagnosis, I can honestly say I am grateful to have received the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and for the life I’ve lived with both the difficult moments and the beautiful ones. It might seem counterintuitive, but there have been unexpected gifts of receiving a diagnosis of BPD. Today, as I close out one year since I started writing this blog, I wanted to share a few of the unexpected gifts of living with BPD and why I’m grateful for my borderline personality disorder.

Why I’m Grateful for Borderline Personality Disorder
Gratitude is a tool for healing from borderline personality disorder. Learning to express gratitude hasn’t always been easy, but it is a practice that has helped me immensely to appreciate what is good in my life, on the good days, the bad days and everything in between. While I don’t always feel this way 100% of the time, I feel grateful most days for the path I’ve been on, which includes borderline personality disorder. Today, I’ll share a few of the main reasons I’m grateful for my BPD diagnosis.

I Am Grateful for the People I’ve Met as a Result of My BPD

Because of life with BPD, I have met many people I am certain I wouldn’t have met had I not had BPD. I’ve had to seek a lot of help; that’s meant doctors, therapists, treatment centers, and recovery programs. Through them, I’ve met so many people. Some of these people have had borderline personality disorder. Others have struggled with a variety of diagnoses like bipolar disorder, severe anxiety and depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Through this process, I’ve met wonderful human beings who, like me, have struggled with different issues throughout their lives. I’ve come to witness and experience that although all of our pain is not exactly the same, human beings are incredibly resilient and are capable of so much healing. Watching other people get better and walk through the good days and the bad days has been an unexpected gift.

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