“25-year-old British artist Amelia was consistently a high achieving, social, fun-loving individual, but everything changed when her world fell apart in November 2022. She isolated herself from her friends, relationship pressures had overwhelmed her and issues with self-image and self-esteem edged towards a crisis point. Amelia entered some of the darkest times she had ever faced. This depressive period ended with two stays in the Priory psychiatric ward, multiple suicide attempts, one section order and stay in an NHS ward and a formal diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
The exhibition documents Amelia’s journey through mental health crises and educates and raises awareness for her condition: Borderline Personality Disorder.
The exhibition is to share and process her experiences. Giving others hope that it can improve, even if not linearly. Amelia drove her way out of hell and continues to do so, day by day. One of the biggest challenges she has ever faced.
Amelia’s experiences opened her eyes to the difficulty and near impossibility many individuals face when trying to get treatment for borderline personality disorder. She herself has felt stigma and misunderstanding from those around her. She feels passionately about this cause and hopes that this exhibition will open the conversation around how we can better support and treat individuals living with this debilitating disorder.”
The exhibition also features photography by Sophie Sheehan @Sophiesheehanphotography.
A note from Amelia:
The stigma facing borderline individuals eclipses that of many other disorders, both from society and from medical professionals. Attention-seekers, liars, waste of resources, untreatable, manipulative. The piece juxtaposes astigmatic statements published online with the words of sufferers themselves, taken from online forums,
As an individual with BPD, I am all too aware of the pressure these negative perceptions can create on what is already an inexplicable amount of emotional pain daily. This feeds into the pieces of shame, guilt and manipulation. Shame and guilt become a core identity with BPD, facing a critical voice from both themselves and other people.’
Borderline Personality Disorder is a type of Personaluty Disorder and is otherwise known as an emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD). According to MIND, experiences of BPD are different for different people. You may experience emotions that are very intense, overwhelming or changeable.
If you are concerned about your feelings or someone else. Then, seek professional help. Do not self-diagnose because what you may be feeling may indicate another problem.
If you have been recently diagnosed or also have Borderline Personality Disorder, learn how to manage your symptoms more effectively. It’s important for others and loved ones to understand, too.
BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) in my view is one of the most misunderstood mental health disorders. I met Amelia this year in her darkest time. Yet she chose to shine a light on her disorder at a time when she was in considerable personal pain. The exhibition is a catharsis - giving meaning to her experiences but also show others there is a way out of the pain. Only by talking about this freely can we break down the stigma and help others. Amelia is one of the kindest and creative people I have met, and I feel so proud of her to share this with the world.