The Chaos That Borderline Personality Disorder Can Cause
It had been an idyllic day celebrating a cousin’s wedding until Steve’s wife turned to him during the reception and said she was having a panic attack. The loud music in the room seemed to be engulfing her, heightening her anxiety. After the main course was served, Steve and his wife got up to go for a drive and get some air. To respect his wife’s privacy, Steve did not tell anyone why they were leaving, including his half-sister, Klara, who was seated at their table.
Minutes after the two left the wedding, as Steve later learned, Klara started approaching family members to claim that Steve and his wife had stormed off over something she did—and that they’d refused to tell her what she’d done wrong. She marched from table to table sharing the story, adding more drama with each telling. She ended up in the ladies’ room a few minutes later, sobbing, and it took Steve’s mother, other sister, and several close friends to calm her down so she wouldn’t disturb the festivities.
While trying to help his wife through her panic attack, Steve had stopped paying attention to his cell phone. When he next looked at the screen, he faced a torrent of messages from Klara, each more indignant than the last. “I deserve better… what the **** is wrong with you!… I HATE YOU!… Never call me again. You’re dead to me!” Steve still marvels at how quick Klara was to erupt in response to her perception of events. “Despite there being no argument, no unpleasant words exchanged,” he says, “our absence was presumed to be a slight directed at her and her alone.”
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