Individuals with BPD and autism frequently experience problems in interpersonal relationships. However, the reasons why are not always the same.
For those with autism, maintaining relationships can be challenging due to social avoidance and withdrawal. They are often unable to read social cues and may not have the words to express themselves accurately.
On the flip side, individuals with BPD have trouble in relationships due to mistrust, antagonizing behaviors, and frequently shifting emotions. They may go to great lengths to avoid being abandoned but still drive people away due to extreme emotional swings.
Therefore, both individuals with BPD and individuals with autism may have challenges in social relationships but for different reasons. Those with autism may prefer to be alone or cannot read others’ emotions, while those with BPD are more likely to experience extreme emotions and impact their relationships because of it.
Borderline personality disorder and autism have more similarities than you may believe, but their differences are also significant. By learning about both, individuals struggling with one or the other can receive proper treatment, and those around them can become more educated to reduce stigma. If you are looking for treatment for BPD or autism, Alta Loma Transformational Services is here to help. We work with men struggling with mental and substance use disorders to help them succeed in recovery. Located in Texas, our facility provides the perfect place to heal. Call us today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.