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I am a teen and my doctor said I might have BPD. Is this bad? Am I normal?

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Last Updated: 08/17/2018 at 1:46am
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August 8th, 2018 5:14pm
It's okay to have BPD. It's not necessarily good or bad, but it is something that you might have to learn to deal with. It can make live, especially relationships, hard sometimes. I think it's more common to have BPD tendencies than to actually have full blown BPD. Maybe it isn't normal but there are many people dealing with this. You can learn and grow and YOU can be normal, even if this disorder isn't.
August 17th, 2018 1:46am
BPD isn't "bad" - it's just a diagnosis for a bunch of symptoms - just in the same way depression and anxiety is a diagnosis. You are absolutely normal. There are lots of teens with BPD and often people are often diagnosed when they become a teen. It's a hidden condition though, so they'll probably be a lot of people that have it that you won't know or can't spot! Sometimes BPD can make things difficult (like relationships, study or your mood), but these can be just challenges to face and overcome. It can be really helpful to rally up some support; whether that's friends, family, other people with BPD or listeners on 7 Cups so that you know that you're not alone in this.