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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder Meds NikkiT2

Posted by Elizabeth on October 16, 2001, at 18:02:48

In reply to Re: Borderline Personality Disorder Meds Elizabeth, posted by NikkiT2 on October 16, 2001, at 14:39:50

> The Psychiatrist and PsychoTherapist both htink this will be good, and they also have a report saying the same from a Psychologist I saw twice!

That's cool. I think that a lot of people in the field, even psychoanalytic types, are finding this type of therapy useful (not just for BPD, either: it's being modified for eating disorders and drug addiction too).

> The biggest hassle about being BPD is that people presume that the borderline means its only "nearly" a mental illness.

Really? That's sort of wacky. BTW: I suggest saying "I have BPD," rather than "I am BPD" -- it's a disorder, it's not everything that you are. You're a unique human being, not a disease. :-)

> that annoys me so much - the depression side alone gets so much stigma.

I would expect that attitude from the general public since BPD isn't very well known, but I've met a lot of mental health professionals of various sorts who have a really negative attitude towards people with BPD. They think that borderline people are "manipulative," "needy," etc., and that they don't respond to treatment or if they do, it will take years in very intensive insight-oriented therapy. I also hear a lot of claims that BPD symptoms don't respond to medication and that if a med helps then there must be some comorbid disorder (like depression, bipolar, PTSD, etc.). As a result people with BPD often get a whole pile of diagnoses (like BPD + bipolar II + OCD + PTSD + bulimia + ...), which doesn't make the outlook look any better!

> Luckily I have an online friend who is vey involved in raising the awareness of BPD and he is doin g great work.

That's terrific. I think online groups, mailing lists, etc. can be a very good support.

Take care & good luck with everything!

-elizabeth


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