3. Choosing a career path
Unstable self-identity is one of the main symptoms of BPD. This is so much more than someone who goes through a phase or changes their college major a few times before they settle down.
When it comes to finding and keeping a steady job, stable traits over time help to focus your energy and emotion in one consistent direction.
For people with Borderline Personality Disorder, traits are difficult to maintain over time, emotions are going in all directions, and our behavior follows the mood instead of being independent of the mood. You may find yourself passionate about a topic one day and bored the next. You may have big plans for your future when you’re feeling good, but once depression hits you’re ready to commit to inpatient hospitalization for life.
Over time, you become discouraged and give up on finding meaning, purpose, and direction in your life that is sustainable. It all feels out of reach.