Borderline Personality Disorder Monster
Borderline Personality Disorder is a condition characterised by difficulties regulating emotion. This means that people who experience BPD feel emotions intensely and for extended periods of time, making it harder to return to a stable baseline after an emotionally triggering event.
This difficulty can lead to impulsivity, poor self-image, stormy relationships and intense emotional responses to stressors. Struggling with self-regulation can also result in dangerous behaviors such as self-harm.
The BPD Monster is white, which I imagined to be the most absorbent colour. A fabulous person told me while creating this piece that living with BPD was like living without skin- where you’re susceptible to your surroundings, where your emotions can be easily heightened. The splashes of colour reflect this impact of emotion, where mood swings can last from hours to days.
The eyes are twisted, coloured, far apart and different sizes to show the distorted perception of self-image that accompanies BPD. The arrows symbolise the continuous changes that occur with BPD, these can be in all aspects of life, including; moods, values, opinions, goals and relationships. Relationships can alternate between idealisation and devaluation. This is also known as "splitting."
The spinning stars reflect the continuous thoughts and worries that accompany BPD, such worries include real or imagined abandonment by friends and family.
The words ‘Borderline Personality Disorder’ across the mouth area represent speaking up about the illness while simultaneously symbolising how the illness keeps you silent.
The word 'monster' refers to the disorder, which can become monstrous without the right treatment or support, this does NOT refer to the people themselves. These illustrations are not designed to take away from the seriousness of these issues, instead they are created to encourage conversation and make these issues more approachable.
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