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Unread 01-02-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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Apparently this is a very common thing (1/5th the population). Being a seemingly introverted male all my life, I was highly repressed and believed far too many things other people thought about me, but I always sensed I was fundamentally different---intuitive, inwardly hyper emotional, and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things I see and process.

Can anyone chime in on this?
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Interesting posit, Happy Camper, and I can see some of my traits in that description ... I would suggest, though, that there are some significant traits of BPD that aren't encapsulated in the Highly Sensitive profile.

But I'm far from the best person to chime in for your post, as I'm newish to recognising and learning about my BPD and the psychologist I got referred to sees my hyper-vigilance, tendencies to high anxiety, depression and anger, 'emptiness', occasional SH, exaggerated feelings and fears of abandonment etc (and that being of reasonably high intelligence, self-awareness, spiritual and psych. understanding still doesn't prevent me from going to irrational extremes) as being legacies of years and years of abuse and trauma.

Do you find that all your 'traits' are explained by the 'HSP' category?


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Both affect interpersonal relationships but for different reasons.. BPD will affect interpersonal relationships because of flaws in ones personality which stems from trauma experienced at some point in childhood. How one interacts with another. They wouldn't avoid others because of anxiety but would have a difficult time maintaining a relationship because of personality issues.

HSP can affect interpersonal relationships for reasons associated with anxiety type issues and would more likely avoid or shy away / close up around others.

HSP would be more closely related to a MOOD disorder where BPD is PERSONALITY disorder. It wouldn't be uncommon for them to co exist.
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Interesting posit, Happy Camper, and I can see some of my traits in that description ... I would suggest, though, that there are some significant traits of BPD that aren't encapsulated in the Highly Sensitive profile.

But I'm far from the best person to chime in for your post, as I'm newish to recognising and learning about my BPD and the psychologist I got referred to sees my hyper-vigilance, tendencies to high anxiety, depression and anger, 'emptiness', occasional SH, exaggerated feelings and fears of abandonment etc (and that being of reasonably high intelligence, self-awareness, spiritual and psych. understanding still doesn't prevent me from going to irrational extremes) as being legacies of years and years of abuse and trauma.

Do you find that all your 'traits' are explained by the 'HSP' category?


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I believe that BPDs are almost all highly sensitive people but not all highly sensitive people are BPD. We have some traits that wouldn't fit in the HSP personna....lack of self identity, fear of abandonment, suicidal tendacies as well as SI tendancies, severe impulsiveness, and our propensity to disassociate to name a few.
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Yes I can relate. My former therapist called me an "Empath". I am sensitive in all the senses. I can feel what other people are feeling, and I can "read" them. Sometimes its overwhelming to be in a group of people.
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I am an HSP and BPD, as well as a few other diagnoses thrown in. I wrote an extensive paper in college on HSP's and I knew right away that was me to a T!!
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my mom calls me a highly sensitive person every time I talk about BPD she literally will cut me off and talk about me differently. She never wants to hear what I have to say...to a degree I may agree with her but overall I finally do believe the diagnosis of BPD to be true for me.
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Whoa, wait. This makes my brain hurt. I was diagnosed with BPD....but I also have Social Phobia. Like....anxiety SO bad I refuse to leave the house or even talk one on one with people. That sounds A LOT like this HSP. But I really DO fear abandonment and I see rejection in EVERYTHING. So many things. Why do all of these disorders have to have such fine lines between them?
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A lot of ladies with autism spectrum disorder score very high on Aron's HSP test.
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Why do all of these disorders have to have such fine lines between them?
It helps to remember that most of these disorders don't actually exist in a tangible sense--they're just names for a grouping of related traits, clouded by the fog of speculation and theory. Ultimately the consequence of this approach is that for every diagnosis, we swallow a bit of truth and a lot of poison.
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