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17 Famous People With Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

17 Famous People With Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a long-term pattern of “abnormal behavior” that is characterized by unstable sense of self, emotions, and relationships with other people.

About 1.7% of American adults have BPD in any given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

A history of abuse, trauma, and neglect during childhood is frequent in patients with borderline personality disorder.

Common symptoms of BPD include:

  • unstable career plans, aspirations, and goals;
  • hostility;
  • risky, impulsive, dangerous, and self-destructive behaviors;
  • strong feelings of worry, anxiety, and depression;
  • highly changeable moods which can last for a few days;
  • a persistent fear of rejection and abandonment;
  • a history of unstable relationships which can change from intense love to intense hate;
  • difficulty feeling empathy for other people;
  • feelings of boredom, isolation, and emptiness;
  • having a distorted sense of self.

Note – to be diagnosed with this disorder, the patient must experience at least 5 of the above symptoms.

List of Celebrities, Actors, and Other Famous People With Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD):

1) Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie is an American actress who is best known for her edginess and sex appeal as well as for her humanitarian work.

She presents many of the symptoms of BPD (like a change from intense love to intense hate towards Brad Pitt). Plus, according to some sources, she was diagnosed with the disorder.

2) Lindsay Lohan

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She is an American recording artist, actress, and a popular model. Lindsay is best known for her work in the movies Bobby (2006), A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and Chapter 27 (2007).

Lindsay Lohan started her professional career as a Ford model at the age of 3.

The strongest indicator that she has the disorder is her obsession and stalking of Samantha Judith Ronson, an English DJ, and singer-songwriter.

3) Amy Winehouse

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She was a British singer-songwriter who skyrocketed to fame as a result of the multiple Grammy Award-winning album ”Back to Black.”

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Many thought that Amy had many borderline personality disorder traits, including the fact that she covered up her problems with drugs and alcohol.

4) Brandon Marshall

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He is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

In an interview, Brandon said:

”After a couple of years of volatile behavior, I found myself at Mclean Hospital, where I was diagnosed with BPD.”

5) Darrell Hammond

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He is a stand-up comedian, actor, and impressionist who is best known for his spot-on impression of former president Bill Clinton and his long stint on Saturday Night Live.

When he left Saturday Night Live, Darrell was the oldest cast member in the show’s history.

In an interview with reporters before a talk in Baton Rouge on Nov. 4, 2014, Darrell opened up about his difficulties with mental health issues.

6) Pete Davidson

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He is an American actor and comedian who is best recognized as one of the main cast members on the show ”Saturday Night Live.”

Pete has spoken openly about his mental illness. In addition, he responded to the ignorant shaming via an Instagram story.

He believes that losing his father at age 7 to the terrorist attacks at the Twin Towers had a significant impact on his mental health.

7) Adolf Hitler

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He was the leader of the Nazi party, gaining power in 1933 and becoming dictator of Germany until 1945.

As a child, Hitler planned on entering the priesthood.

Adolf Hitler may have met modern diagnostic criteria for BPD and narcissistic personality disorder.

8) Marilyn Monroe

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She was an American comedienne, singer, actress, and model who became one of the world’s most enduring iconic figures.

1961 was the year of her last film appearance in the drama The Misfits, which was co-written by Arthur Miller, her husband at the time.

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Marilyn Monroe suffered from depression, low self-esteem, addiction, and fear of abandonment.

Interestingly, her mother Gladys struggled to cope with bringing up her children and had a turbulent mental state.

9) Doug Ferrari

He is an American comedy writer and stand-up comedian based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

BPD destroyed his marriage and career and Ieft him homeless in San Francisco for almost a year.

10) Winona Ryder

She was born on October 29, 1971, in Minnesota and started working at the theatre when she was in her early teens.

In 2009, Ryder portrayed Amanda Grayson in the blockbuster film Star Trek. 

Winona made her film debut in the 1986 David Seltzer feature Lucas. She also suffered from the disorder.

11) Princess Diana

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She was the former consort of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of the heir second in line to the British throne, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

During her life, Princess Diana spoke about her depressions, her bulimia, her suicide attempts, her self-mutilation, and her chronic feelings of loneliness and emptiness.

Her death sparked widespread conspiracy theories and media attention.

12) Anna Nicole Smith

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She was an American actress, model, and television personality who first gained popularity in Playboy when she won the title of Playmate of the Year.

Nicole also starred in the E! reality show – ”The Anna Nicole Show.”

Dr. Nathalie Maullin said she believed Anna Nicole Smith had BPD and was addicted to several prescription medications.

13) Courtney Love

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She is an American songwriter, actress, singer, and visual artist who spent time in reform school and became a stripper at age 16.

Love formed Hole in 1989 and was the lead singer and rhythm guitarist. 

In her book, Kim Gordon (co-producer on Hole’s debut record – Pretty on the Inside) writes about her encounters with Courtney Love:

“No one ever questions the disorder behind her tarantula LA glamour – sociopathy, narcissism – because it’s good rock and roll, good entertainment!”

14) Britney Spears

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She is an American singer who helped spark the teen-pop phenomenon in the late 1990s.

As a child, she was great at gymnastics and attended dance classes.

Six of her first 7 albums reached No. 1 on the ‘Billboard’ 200. She also dated Justin Timberlake for four years. Britney has many of the symptoms of BPD.

15) Pete Doherty

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He is an English musician, poet, writer, songwriter, actor, and artist who is best known for being co-frontman of the Libertines.

When he was eleven, Pete took up playing guitar. 

Pete was close friends with singer Amy Winehouse. He also suffered from the disorder.

16) Nikki Hayes

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Radio DJ Nikki Hayes has revealed in an interview:

“One of my biggest supports has been my husband and due to BPD and the way it can make you act out, unfortunately, we separated earlier on this year.”

In 2015, Nikki spent 5 weeks in a psychiatric ward where she was diagnosed with an emotionally unstable personality disorder.

17) Scott Levy ”Raven”

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He is 4-time ECW World Tag Team Champion and 2-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion.

Raven has histrionic, borderline, and narcissistic personality disorder.

Sources

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12646-014-0236-z
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352250X17301987
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/borderline-personality-disorder/index.shtml
http://www.washington.edu/news/2004/01/12/266-volunteers-needed-for-uw-borderline-personality

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3 comments

  • Wow did you really have to throw Adolf Hilter into the mix? People with BPD have a difficult enough time convincing other people they’re not monsters. Obviously anyone like him has some kind of personality disorder going on but this is at the extreeeeeeeme end of the spectrum and was fueled by amphetamine use and all the people around him who supported him.

    • It’s true though, Hitler exhibits ALL the symptoms, from the rampant hypocrisy, to the way his inner circle had to walk on egg shells, to the way he’d reframe EVERYTHING in his favor and against others, to his brutal lack of sympathy for those he looked down upon.

      BPD didn’t make him racist, that was the culture of Vienna he grew up in, but it DID make him as brutal as he was about his racism. Without his BPD, the holocaust probably wouldn’t have happened.

      And you’ll have to forgive me for not having sympathy for evil people.