Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the more common personality disorders in America. The underlying issue of that statement is the portrayal of BPD in movies, TV series, and other media messages. Today there are many known life-threatening illnesses and hard to manage mental disorders, and therefore seeing BPD poorly acted out in television may make it unmanageable and even harder to deal with for those diagnosed with BPD. (Jump To List of Celebs)
In horror films, usually a female role displays (the worst) characteristic traits of borderline personality disorder. There are several factors of the pathology, but scary movies like to pick the same few traits. The “crazy bitch” in the film starts out as a nice and lovable woman, but soon after she starts displaying psychotic traits such as clinginess and obsession. These are the two most uncomfortable traits people with BPD suffer, and most of them are not psychopathic murderers as seen on TV.
In fact, many famous and favorable celebrities suffer or suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder. If you’ve recently have been diagnosed with BPD, this article is made for you to:
- Understand the disorder is and how it affects people.
- Learn about celebrities with BPD in real life
- Read about or suggest characters with BPD that are relatable. These characters have more realistic traits of BPD, not just the “crazy psycho.”
Another thing to add before we begin, men can have this disorder too. It may be more common for women, but the opposite goes for schizophrenia and some women have that, too. So, fret not, you are not alone! In fact, maybe one of these celebs can become (or already is) your idol. Read more about borderline personality disorder here.
One of the biggest sex symbol’s of all time, an actress, and singer. Her BPD included depression, addiction (highly common and associated with the pathology), low self-esteem, fear of abandonment and clinginess in her relationships. She was married twice, which was highly publicized. She adored the attention but often had disagreements about her roles.
Spears has been an icon since I can remember, in fact, I bet I still know all her songs from before 2010. Her BPD became by her depression, substance abuse, and mood swings. Much of this stemmed from her public front, meaning the “face and show” celebrities have to put on for each performance. Her career was impacted by her behaviors and neurosis. She had many failed relationships, sadly. Though it’s not exactly confirmed, many say her actions describe borderline personality disorder. Luckily for her and her fans, Spear’s managed to produce and perform incredible music.
Her death still haunts many of us, her loving fans. After her death, doctors found that her personality included many BPD traits, including covering up her problems with alcohol and drugs (self-medicating).