I Love You, Now Die: Why Hasn’t Borderline Personality Disorder Been Mentioned?

I Love You, Now Die has one glaring problem: no one has mentioned the potential element of Borderline Personality Disorder.

I Love You, Now Die has one glaring problem: no one has mentioned the potential element of Borderline Personality Disorder.

HBO’s docuseries I Love You, Now Die explores the real-life trial of Michelle Carter, the teenager who was tried in court over texting her boyfriend convincing him to follow through with his plan to take his own life. The docuseries begs the question: can one person be held responsible for the death by suicide of another? 

In today’s podcast, our panel of Shrinks discusses teen suicide, the impact of social media on mental health, as well as the psychology of Michelle Carter, including a description of Borderline Personality Disorder.

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I was captivated… It helped me flesh this out in a more human way as opposed to the sensationalized media portrayal of the trial.

— Jonathan Hetterly

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Legalizing pot does not appear to encourage teen use and might actually discourage it, a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics suggests. Teen marijuana use didn’t change much after medical marijuana was legalized, they found.

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  1. Excellent discussion around the possibility of borderline personality disorder and developmental thinking in an adolescent, and a seemingly trusting relationship with a dark bent. It’s those dark spaces in family or friends that seem near impossible to bring light into, when to let things ride, when to try to enter in to help. That’s what therapy is for!

  2. From my totally unprofessional, armchair psychology viewpoint, I figured at first she was a narcissist.

    After watching the documentary, that switched to borderline. Borderline and narcissists have similarities anyway. Often times men get overly diagnosed with NPD and women as borderline.


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