What's a secret you won't share with anyone in person, but you are willing to share anonymously?

I was raised by a mom with BPD. It’s definitely the biggest trauma in my life and she was manipulative and emotionally abusive. But she’s also incredibly smart and devoted to the things she cares about. She is, weirdly, one of the most radically ethical people I’ve ever met when it comes to consumption. She has wonderful qualities but she’s a really sick person and she’s never really adequately tried to care for herself. I think that having a diagnosis and (hopefully) being able to work on skills and your behavior sets you head and shoulders apart from many people with your disorder. I’m sure it’s hard not to get bogged down in people’s understanding but maybe in knowing someone who has the disorder and owns it without having those two qualities you mentioned will help reverse that stigma and inspire others to seek help too. I always wonder if my mom would be different if she’d had people to relate to and try to learn from. I think she never found anyone like her and that made her worse.

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