What is borderline personality disorder?
Separate fact from fiction when it comes to BPD
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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a little-known and little-understood mental illness rarely discussed before the trial of Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard. An expert witness diagnosed Heard with BPD, as well as histrionic personality disorder, which has been used to explain the terrible behavior and emotional abuse described during the trial.
Whether this diagnosis is accurate or the stories about Heard are true, the publicity is serving to further stigmatize an already highly-stigmatized condition. It is fueling the false narrative that people with BPD are all master manipulators who crave attention and are cruel to others.
Click through this gallery to find out what border personality disorder really is, and how it can be treated.