Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a type of mental health disorder that causes significant amount of emotional instability. It can cause a variety of other stressful behavioral and mental issues, such as severely distorted self-image and may feel worthless and flawed fundamentally and is characterized by anger, frequent mood swings and impulsiveness. However, there are many great and famous people who suffer from borderline personality disorder and who had made great contributions to the world.
Doug Ferrari, also known as “Dougzilla,” is one of the famous comedians whose life changed after he was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. He suffered from severe anger outbursts, beating his wife and ultimately destroying his home. He was even sent to jail due to doing this. However, now, he is dedicated to personal therapy, maintenance, medications and performs at charity events, trying his best to spread awareness about BPD. Since the year 2004, he has been clean and sober and he will never forget the community support that he was provided especially by Pritchard, who encouraged him to attend recovery group meetings and also helped him with his turnaround.
Angelina Jolie is a famous American actress, screenwriter, film director and author. She has been given an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. In the years 2009, 2011 and 2013, she was named Hollywood’s highest-paid actress by the Forbes magazine. Angelina Jolie went voluntarily into a Neuropsychiatric Institute in the late 1990’s as she claimed suicidal and homicidal ideations. However, it was reported that she had no intention or plan to carry them out. She was given a diagnosis of presumptive borderline personality disorder, which stands of an Axis II Personality Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness (DSM-IV).
Lindsay Morgan Lohan is an American actress, recording artist and model. She started her career when she was only three years old as a child fashion model. She earned several MTV Movie Awards and Teen Choice Awards for Freaky Friday and Mean Girls. Lindsay Lohan participated in AA in the year 2006 and suffered from a car accident in the year 2007, when authorities obtained cocaine from her vehicle. During the year 2007 only, she was arrested and sent to rehab for a DUI. She starred in The Other Side in the year 2009; however was fired from it in the year 2010. She has been sentenced to jail this month as she has violated the terms of her probation. She is suspected universally of getting BPD.
Britney Jean Spears is an American singer-songwriter, recording artist, dancer, entertainer, actress, occasional author and a former television music competition judge. Britney Spears is accused of extremely impulsive behavior when she married her childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander in January 2004 at The Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The marriage was annulled after a mere 55 hours and it was stated that Spears “lacked understanding of her actions”. Her second marriage also lasted for a short duration. She shaved her head bald, was admitted to rehab centers and has felt as if she is a bad kid suffering from ADD. Also her behaviors showed indications of BPD.
Amy Jade Winehouse was and English songwriter-singer. She battled with substance abuse which was the subject of media attention when it occurred. In the year 2005, she had a period when she drank heavily, abuse drugs, and suffered from violent mood swings and weight loss. Moreover, she admitted in various interviews of having problems with depression, self-harm and eating disorders. In the year 2008 she started binge drinking after she kicked a drug habit. By the summer of 2011, she started a pattern of abstaining from alcohol for a few weeks and then relapsing into drinking habit. In the morning hours of 23rd July 2011, she died of one such relapse which led to alcohol intoxication.
Courtney Michelle Love is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, actress and author. For a great deal of her life she has struggled with problems of substance abuse. In her early adult years, she had experimented with numerous opiates. At the age of 19, she tried cocaine. In the year 2003, she was arrested for breaking windows of the apartment of her boyfriend while she was under the influence of a controlled substance. She was then treated for an accidental overdose of oxycodone. She was admitted to rehab after she lost custody of her daughter. She then entered house arrest after she violated the terms of her parole. This behavior of Love is analogous to outbursts of BPD.
Princess Diana had struggled to get rid of an eating disorder. She also faced difficulty in maintaining relationships. According to some experts her BPD was the result of divorce of her parents and the neglect during her childhood years. Her relationship with Prince Charles was broken due to her behavior of self-mutilation, one of the most indicative traits of borderline personality disorder, binge eating and promiscuity. One of the Princess’s relatives quoted that Diana was of a perfectly good character but was short tempered, a trait which overtook her. Borderline personality identifies her temperament. Diana used to cut her arms and legs when her emotional pain became intolerable.
An American model, actress and singer, Marilyn Monroe went on to become a major sex symbol during the years of 1950s and early 1960s. She starred in a number of successful commercial motion pictures during that time. Marilyn Monroe demonstrated traits of BPD including promiscuity, drug abuse and suicidal ideation. She also suffered from low self-esteem and out of fear of abandonment she demonstrated extreme attachment in relationships. She died from an overdose of barbiturates, which became the subject of conjecture. Her death was classified as a “probable suicide” officially; however, the possibilities of a homicide or an accidental overdose of drugs have not been ruled out completely.