People with BPD really struggle with feeling that they lack a solid identity. One of the DSM symptoms is "chronic feelings of emptiness." Whenever they do find a new identity, they cling onto it very quickly and with a lot of intensity, hence why you see a lot of tumblr BPD girls adopting a different sexuality or gender every month.I was reading Merek Manuals for Professionals and came across an interesting passage linking Munch (aka Fictitious disorder) to Borderline PD.
Patients may have prominent borderline personality features and are usually intelligent and resourceful. They know how to simulate disease and are sophisticated regarding medical practices. They differ from malingerers because although their deceits and simulations are conscious and volitional, there are no obvious external incentives (eg, economic gain) for their behavior. It is unclear what they gain beyond medical attention for their suffering, and their motivations and quest for attention are largely unconscious and obscure.
What do you think?
I could see how some borderlines would adopt "chronically ill" as one such identity. I'd also imagine that this gives them a new excuse to seek out affection, attention, and validation, which are really powerful motivators for people with BPD.
It makes a lot of sense to me and I wouldn't at all be surprised if a lot of munchies also have BPD, tbh.