“We’ve made some progress, on a societal level, toward recognizing and normalizing certain mental health issues, but stigma and misunderstanding around many diagnoses still exist. Most people, for example, have a fairly decent understanding of what anxiety and depression entail. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for BPD ― and it can lead people to assume the worst.”
Above is a segment from an important read on how difficult it has been for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder to endure the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial. The trial, already very ugly, sensitive, and complicated has fueled sexist vitriol aimed at Amber Heard and has furthered the stigmatization of Borderline Personality Disorder.
For some living with BPD, it feels like a big step backward in public acceptance:
“I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ I know what many people think of Heard, and BPD is already a very misunderstood and highly stigmatized condition,” Purves told HuffPost. “I knew the combination would result in BPD and abuse being linked since this is the first time a lot of people have heard about BPD.”
You can read the whole article here