May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month
May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month.
In 2007, the House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting efforts to educate the public about BPD, and in support of BPS Awareness Month. The text of that resolution, recognizing the severity of BPD and the importance of raising awareness about, is included below.
Whereas borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects the regulation of emotion and afflicts approximately 2 percent of the general population;
Whereas BPD is a leading cause of suicide, as an estimated 10 percent of individuals with this disorder take their own lives;
Whereas BPD usually manifests itself in adolescence and early adulthood;
Whereas symptoms of BPD include self-injury; rage; substance abuse; destructive impulsiveness; a pattern of unstable emotions, self-image, and relationships; and may result in suicide;
Whereas BPD is inheritable and is exacerbated by environmental factors;
Whereas official recognition of BPD is relatively new, and diagnosing it is often impeded by lack of awareness and frequent co-occurrence with other conditions, such as depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, anxiety, and eating disorders;
Whereas despite its prevalence, enormous public health costs, and the devastating toll it takes on individuals, families, and communities, BPD only recently has begun to command the attention it requires;
Whereas it is essential to increase awareness of BPD among people suffering from this disorder, their families, mental health professionals, and the general public by promoting education, research, funding, early detection, and effective treatments; and
Whereas the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and the National Alliance on Mental Illness have requested that Congress designate May as Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month as a means of educating our Nation about this disorder, the needs of those suffering from it, and its consequences: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives supports the goals and ideals of Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month.