If you’ve ever thought you knew someone very talented, socially enlivening, and uniquely endearing, and then discovered a pattern of behavior in them that’s inexplicable and frightening — and if you think no one else would believe you if you told them the confusing, bizarre and painful things you’ve experienced with this person, take a look at borderline personality disorder. While a diagnosis can only be determined by a medical doctor evaluating a specific list of behaviors, and while there is an even longer list of uncertainties regarding etiology and prognosis, it is fair to say that the most common “symptom” is the traumatic affect their behavior has on those who care for these otherwise remarkably intelligent, gifted individuals. The damage and the pain left in their wake is devastating, to put it mildly. It is a horrid illness for those who suffer from it and for those who love them.
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