Corinne explains, “Sometimes it comes up naturally in conversation toward the beginning of things, if we’re discussing mental health.
Otherwise, I have to kind of disclose things when I have a moody or depressive episode and have inevitably taken it out on them.” Mood swings or depressive episodes that can last for days are common in BPD, so if you’re spending a lot of time with your significant other, you can bet that they’ll see you experiencing a low.
They typically have their loved ones involved in that.
Maureen Mc Keon, a LCSW practicing on Long Island, New York, states, “The definition of borderline [includes] a pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships.
One of the main symptoms of BPD is an intense fear of abandonment.
“The misconception is that borderlines are nonfunctioning people, but borderlines tend to be very smart, intellectual people.
A lot of the time they’re actually very high-functioning.”As one would imagine, it’s pretty scary to disclose a mental illness to your partner, no matter what stage of the relationship you’re in; it’s not unreasonable to be afraid to scare a partner away.