WELLNESS
10/20/2015 03:18 pm ET

This Woman Documented Her Life With Borderline Personality Disorder

The result is beautifully honest.

Sometimes the best way to deal with something as serious as a mental illness is to get real about what it feels like to live with it.

That's exactly what 28-year-old Norwegian Ida Storm decided to do. After being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, Storm turned to her video camera to make sense of her experience. 

"Being Ida," the short documentary from Vice, highlights pieces from Storm's diary with subtitles as she navigates her diagnosis over the course of several years. The recordings are a deeply personal insight into the everyday challenges and triumphs someone with mental illness can experience. 

Borderline personality disorder affects 1.6 percent of American adults and can cause pervasive mood swings, including bouts of anger and anxiety. It's a condition that many people don't understand, which is why videos like Storm's are so paramount. Negative stereotypes are a huge problem when it comes to mental illness, and research shows they may even prevent people from seeking treatment.

Watch the video above for more on Storm's story (warning, some of the images may be triggering or disturbing to some). It's a powerful reminder that you never know what someone may be dealing with.

If you -- or someone you know -- need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.


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