Workshop on borderline personality disorder set Oct. 25 in Rehoboth BeachStop walking on eggshells for fear of upsetting someone
Those who "walk on eggshells" around someone in their lives because they fear upsetting them might be dealing with an individual who has borderline personality disorder.
A workshop on this disorder, offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, will be the first in a series of presentations focused on enhancing psychological well-being offered through a partnership between Rehoboth Public Library and Dr. Judith Pierson, licensed psychologist. The cost of the workshop is $5.
While the severity of symptoms may vary, people with this disorder are hypersensitive to criticism and perceive even innocent comments as criticism; get easily upset and their response is intense and out of proportion to the circumstances; can be very manipulative; believe problems are never their fault, that they are always the “victim” and leave those around them feeling guilty when they really haven’t done anything wrong; can fly into a rage over little things; are impulsive and sometimes self-destructive; may threaten suicide; have a strong need for control; may routinely change careers, goals and friends; and, can sabotage things just when they are getting close to achieving a goal.
It is estimated that 17 million people suffer from borderline personality disorder. Most don’t know they have it and even fewer seek treatment. They can create chaos and feelings of guilt in the lives of those who are close to them.
For further information about this or other programs at the library, call 302-227-8044. Rehoboth Beach Library is located at 226 Rehoboth Ave. in Rehoboth Beach.