- Is the least understood mental health issue in America because of lack of awareness and stigma
- Is the least accepted mental health issue by mental health professionals (because they are often in denial that it exists)
- Is the #1 cause of suicide by those with mental health issues
- Is commonly confused with other issues such as bipolar
- Mis-labled. It is really a closer to a type of PSTD
- Clearly shows lower frontal lobe brain functioning when viewed on an MRI, which returns to normal as the person recovers
- May involve a genetic predisposition component
- Often the result of childhood abuse and/or neglect, and similar factors
- Is very curable despite the current lack of medical training/understanding/stigmas
- Is estimated to currently affect 1,400,000 Americans, and likely many more over their lifetime
- More prevalent than bipolar (4.4% suffer from at some point in their lifetime) and schizophrenia (1%) combined. 
Grant, B.F. et al. "Prevalence, Correlates, Disability, and Comorbidity of DSM-IV Borderline Personality Disorder: Result from the Wave 2 National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions." J Clin Psychiatry. March 11, 2008. 7 "The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America." National Institutes of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america.shtml#Bipolar
Mental Illness Is...
primarily a breakdown in societal relationships between two people, which breakdown is more clearly manifested in the person with the suffering.