from Mrs. Bond’s (firstname.lastname@example.org) dictionary:
Borderline (Person): A person with a Borderline Personality Disorder: A psychic vampire, who will suck the very soul and life force out of any person with whom she has contact (most borderlines are women).
Among other things, these people have no friends. If they do make a friend, it is a short-lived relationship which is abandoned as soon as the vampire feels the friend has “betrayed” her. They are impossible to live with, hence, usually live alone, even though they loathe being alone. They take no responsibility for their own actions, blaming others for all the “victimization” they suffer. They suffer from myriad somatic complaints, most of them vague and undiagnosable. Their physicians, however, often succumb to the whining and complaining, and eventually provide some kind of unnecessary intervention in order to get the person to stop the incessant harrassment. Often these complaints involve reproductive/sexual/genital issues, among many others.
The real description of a borderline:
“The person with a borderline personality is impulsive in areas that have a potential for self-destruction. Relationships with others are intense and unstable. The person will go through frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment by others, and express mood instability and inappropriate anger. There may also be identity uncertainty concerning self-image, long-term goals or career choice, sexual orientation, choice of friends, and values.”
People with this disorder tend to see things in terms of extremes, either all good or all bad. They view themselves as victims of circumstances and take no responsibility for themselves or for their problems.”
unstable interpersonal relationships
frequent displays of temper
recurrent suicide gestures
feelings of emptiness and boredom
intolerance of being alone
impulsiveness in at least 2 of the following areas:
Money, substance abuse, sexual relationships, reckless driving, binge eating, shoplifting
(from Yahoo! Health Guide; http://www.yahoo.com: type in “borderline personality disorder”)
“In an effort to maintain a victim position, such individuals may, out of necessity, generate multiple symptoms, both psychiatric and somatic, to justify their ongoing contact with professionals. In health care settings, such symptoms tend to result in multiple visits, multiple diagnoses, thick medical records, and multiple medications-in summary, the overutilization of health care resources. We have empirically confirmed health care overutilization in medical settings among patients with BPD in previous studies.”