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BD 101

We Got This


Everyday, people are learning how to live thriving, successful lives with Borderline Disorder. With the Black Sheep Project, you’ll find a combination of support, knowledge and resources that can help you begin to understand how the complexities of this Disorder affect the lives of the people around you. But perhaps most importantly, you’ll find a community of people who are sharing their stories about living with, and caring for, people who have Borderline Disorder. You are not alone in this. Borderline Disorder is a true medical condition impacting millions of people around the world. 

We know that the Disorder stems from disturbances in brain pathways that regulate emotion and impulse control. Defined in the American Psychiatric Association's fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as “...a pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity, ” Borderline Disorder affects different people in different ways.

It’s in these differences that we find our strengths. Through your shared efforts and stories, we are discovering, as parents and families, our immeasurable capacity for compassion and understanding. This is what makes possible the potential for advancing the research, therapies and treatments that will create even greater hope for our loved one’s futures, to create lives that they will love to live.

Welcome to the Black Sheep Project, a place where you will be able to confidently say, "We’ve Got This.”


Black Sheep Stories


Our strength as a community stems from our capacity to share our stories, to listen, to hear, to know the struggles and successes others experience.

Our unique stories are powerful, carrying messages of hope, bravery and perseverance from people who are living everyday with the impacts of Borderline Disorder. We invite you to open yourself to being inspired by the people who have shared their stories and to think about how your story could inspire others. 

The risk of a person committing suicide is very real with Borderline Disorder. Learn to listen. Learn to see. Learn to act. Learn to notice. 


MYTH: Families don’t belong in the treatment process of patients with Borderline Disorder.

FACT: Difficult relationships are a hallmark of Borderline Disorder, but having the support and involvement of close family is very important to successfully staying the course for so many with the Disorder. Your involvement with your loved one’s care is critical to helping them stay in functional relationships with the people they care about.



Understanding What BD is and How it Affects People


Borderline Disorder is complex, and understanding how it may affect your loved one can begin to help you know which resources will be most helpful.  

The purpose of this simple quiz is not to provide you with a diagnosis of your loved one (only a trained clinical professional can do that), but to give you a sense of how the dimensions of Borderline Disorder may be affecting their life. 

The assessment takes most people 2-4 minutes to complete. Once completed, you’ll see how your responses fit with the criteria many clinical professionals use to discuss Borderline Disorder.

What does the Black Sheep Project do with your responses? 

The results of your survey are yours. The data the Black Sheep Project gathers from your survey are combined with the results of others, helping paint a better picture of how the Disorder is affecting people around the world. Any information Black Sheep Project gathers is managed anonymously, and no data is collected that identifies any single answer as coming specifically from you. 



A Foundation for Understanding


By its very nature, Borderline Disorder defies easy definition, challenging even experienced professionals. Compound this with the fact that the Disorder varies in type and severity for different people, it is evident why Borderline Disorder is still often misdiagnosed despite its prevalence.




Join The Community

The widespread scale of Borderline Disorder knows no boundaries, affecting people around the world. With increasing research and better ways to understand and diagnose and treat the Disorder, we are discovering just how many people are affected around the world.

As individuals supporting those living with the Disorder we can feel very alone. It’s not until we look at the magnitude or Borderline Disorder from a global perspective that we can see how, with continued work to raise awareness, lead advocacy and promote new research that we can use to bring Borderline Disorder out of the shadows.

By including your information, you’re helping develop better data about the scope and scale of Borderline Disorder’s impact. With each new data point, we have a better sense of how diverse our Black Sheep community is and how dispersed the scope of Borderline Disorder is across the world.



Being in a Relationship


Here you’ll find articles on a broad range of topics related to Borderline Disorder that may help you better understand the unique circumstances in your life. Look back here often for new topics and information.




Below are some of the resources the Black Sheep Project has selected that you may be interested in. Visit the Black Sheep Project’s online store for more books and for the complete line of Black Sheep Project’s branded gear.


As with anything complex, Borderline Disorder comes with its own language. The Black Sheep Project, working with clinical professionals, has assembled this glossary to help you understand key terms that you are likely to encounter as you explore our site and learn more about how Borderline Disorder affects you and those you care about.