Defined as “Refusal to recognize or acknowledge,” ‘denial’ is, among other things, an emotional defense mechanism for coping with stressful situations. There are times when denial can be useful and desirable. On a short-term basis, denial can help people adjust to unexpected and or painful circumstances until they develop an effective response to the situation at hand.
However, a prolonged state of denial can be harmful. If a person is in denial about the existence or severity of mental illness in a family member, this state of denial will likely result in the afflicted person not receiving the professional help they desperately need.
Relative to those afflicted with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), denial by family members can translate into a significantly heightened risk of suicide! When it comes to BPD, denial is life threatening!
Behaviors associated with BPD are annoying, disruptive, inconvenient and even infuriating. Unfortunately, ignoring the disease will only amplify the symptoms and create greater collateral damage amongst all with whom the afflicted comes in contact. Sadly, if left untreated, the symptoms may become dangerous and can realistically result in murder in addition to suicide!
Do not allow denial by one or more members of your family to prevent you from seeking knowledge and assistance. Your spouse might not want to hear about or deal with the problem, but if necessary, you must move forward without them. Borderline Personality Disorder left untreated, is not unlike a ship that has struck an iceberg. You can ignore the flooding, but doing so will most certainly result in disaster.
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