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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder Meds Elizabeth

Posted by sar on October 25, 2001, at 13:51:08

In reply to Re: Borderline Personality Disorder Meds sar, posted by Elizabeth on October 25, 2001, at 11:23:55


> Careful with self-diagnosing. The symptoms and features of BPD are pretty far-reaching, and most people will find something of themselves in a description (as in pop psychology books) or in the diagnostic criteria. (ADD is a lot like that too.)

right, give me enough time w/ the DSM and it's dangerous... :)

> IMO, if you have some self-defeating behaviours that you need to fix, focus on your specific problems, not on a label.

i agree. reading about problems that people with BPD frequently have helped open my eyes to some faults that i have but i really wasn't fully aware of...at the time of the dx, i *wanted* a label so i could go get books and understand why i felt and acted so crazy.

> > no, southwest texas...
>
> Ahh, then your doctor would definitely not be affiliated with Harvard (in eastern Massachusetts)!

oh no...he'd just gone to school there...this shows how easily impressed i am! :)
>
> > the borderline label hurt, the histrionic one made me laugh, and the BP II--well i now i have firstahnd knowledge that it's the meds, not the dx.
>
> What do you mean by that?

well, the borderline label hurt because it rung true with me. the dx of histrionic personality disorder made me laugh because i'm a social phobic and can't *stand* to be the center of attention, i'm pretty quiet, etc...this doctor had met me only once and slapped this dx into my file! Whether or not I've got BPII is up in the air--but i've done my reading and gotten my drugs...i'm all labelled out. i just want to feel better (and i have been).

> Well, that's good then. But I don't think it should require a pejorative label for patients to identify your problems and work on correcting them.

i agree. the labels helped me w/ research because i've not been able to afford a decent therapist in many months (no insurance).

i think it also depends on whether or not one considers the label "perjorative." my psychoanalyst believed it was a trashcan dx and did not want to label me that. the male psychiatrist told me that borderlines and histrionics are very charming and attractive. what a nut, no wonder i'm not seeing him anymore...(that's the one who went to Harvard).

thanks for your input.

best,
sar


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