Sunmi talks about being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, treatment, getting better

On the an episode of ‘Running Girls’, which our very own ballad nerd @theRealHojo will be recapping (GET ON IT MOTHERFUCKER), Sunmi confessed that she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder five years ago.

Notably, Sunmi said, “It’s okay for you to take a break if things are hard. I took a break when I left Wonder Girls. It was more heartbreaking than my body hurting. I made my solo debut and joined Wonder Girls again, but I was given a lot of time to think and I think those times ate me away.”
Sunmi confessed “I was diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder five years ago. That’s what was bothering me, but I felt relieved because I got diagnosed and I got better after taking medicine. I still had to resolve the fundamental aspect because it is the people around the person with a disorder that goes through a lot of difficulties.”
That was the time I really had to stop briefly. To be honest, we debuted so young. We spent our time in a car during the age when oneself is formed. That’s why it’s more important for us to look back at ourselves and ask what do we like to do, what we are good at. It’s important for us to cater to our own emotions. I started to realize a little bit that I passed puberty, and I’m better now. I decreased my medication. I’m strong, no, I became stronger.

I’m … surprised she admitted this and I actually feel it’s pretty significant that such a famous celeb and currently relevant start is admitting to such a serious mental disorder. Especially because netizens had already started to label her weird or crazy without this admission simply because she doesn’t act exactly the way they want or whatever.

While it does seem like general anxiety and depression is a bit more common to see discussed now (thankfully), something specific and serious like BPD is something I’ve never heard a celeb talk about.

Borderline personality disorder is an illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. These symptoms often result in impulsive actions and problems in relationships. People with borderline personality disorder may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that can last from a few hours to days.

Glad this generally seems to be a good update and hopefully it’s encouraging for a celebrity to be open about it. Still a long way to go not only in Korea but really everywhere in terms of mental health awareness/acceptance, but this kind of stuff does make a difference, or it did for me in my personal life.


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