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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder Meds

Posted by Elizabeth on November 1, 2001, at 14:35:11

In reply to Re: Borderline Personality Disorder Meds, posted by PattyG on November 1, 2001, at 8:53:55

> /////Perhaps in your case, they knew you had no insurance at all and so no attempt was made to collect? I just figured there was some sort of "process" that took place.

There was -- some sort of social services person came to my room the day after I got there, I filled out a form, and that was it.

> /////Yes, well in my son's case, I always knew that "something was wrong."

That's often the case, I think; that doesn't necessarily imply a "personality disorder." ADHD and social phobia, for example, are often lifelong disorders.

> I first spoke to a psychiatrist about him when he was 18 mos. old - very sad/solemn child. He has suffered from depression all of his life and the BPD "began" as Oppositional Defiant Conduct Disorder, which many professionals are now realizing can be the early onset of BPD.

"Oppositional defiant disorder" and "conduct disorder" are two different things; the latter is considered a precursor to antisocial personality disorder, not BPD (in fact, one of the diagnostic criteria for antisocial PD is that there must be evidence of conduct order in childhood).

> My experience has been that more often than not, many male Borderlines are incorrectly diagnosed as having Antisocial PD.

I don't know if we can really say which diagnosis is the "right" one. BPD is certainly trendier at present (there's a lot of research being done on it, and it's probably overdiagnosed in general), but it's diagnosed mostly in women. Some experts think that antisocial and borderline PDs are manifestations of the same underlying problem in males and females, respectively.

> Thanks for the info - if you think of any more particulars regarding the hospital bill situation, please let me know, okay?

I don't know what the exact qualifications are for this type of assistance, and it probably varies from state to state. I imagine that the qualifications have to do with your income and whether you have any sort of insurance.






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