My Rant on Stigma


Yin-Yang DNA
Make BPD Stigma-Free!

Do people never take you seriously about anything?  I tell people about ideas I have but nothing ever happens.  They never say “Let’s work on that right now!”  They’re like “Oh, yeah.”  I have some things I would love to do, but I don’t feel strong enough at the moment, because of my life circumstances.  If things would improve for a bit, I’d probably be able to.  I want to so badly!  I don’t know if it would even make a difference or anything, but it can’t hurt, I guess.

I want to raise awareness, and erase the stigma of Borderline Personality Disorder.  I’d like people to be able to get help sooner, without have to wait for months, years or even decades before getting properly diagnosed.  I’d like teens to get the help they need instead of having to wait until they’re eighteen.  I’d like people to not get misdiagnosed and slip through the cracks of the mental health system.

I’m so frustrated!  I wasn’t properly diagnosed for about two decades!  No one should have to go through that!  There are advancements in neuroscience showing differences in the brains of Borderlines.  They should be able to detect it better.  But people aren’t getting the help they need.  Why?  The main reason is STIGMA!  If it wasn’t for the stigma of mental illness, more people wouldn’t be afraid to get help.

Borderline Personality Disorder is the most stigmatized mental illness.  Therapists are advised not to treat them because they are:  untreatable, manipulative, etc.  They are seen as having no empathy.

BPD affects more people than Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder combined.  Yet we never hear about it.

People with BPD have the most empathy of anyone.  Sometimes it doesn’t show itself because we have to numb ourselves to it because it becomes so overwhelming we cannot deal with it.  Many times we’re not even aware of it ourselves.  This is mistakenly taken as lack of empathy.

There are many articles and blog posts about how people have been hurt by Borderlines.  Maybe if there wasn’t so much stigma from articles and posts like these, people wouldn’t be afraid to get help and would get better sooner.  Just think what it’s like for the Borderline themselves!  You’re only seeing it from the outside.  They have to live with their intense emotions and thoughts, all day, every day of their lives!  They never get to take a break from it, ever.  They can learn Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills to manage their thoughts and emotions, but they’re still there.  We have to learn how to try to function and appear as “normal” people the best we can.  If only you could walk in our shoes for one day, you’d see how strong we really are.

2 responses to “My Rant on Stigma”

  1. This post is extremely interesting ,loved every word especially the part of still having the emotions after DBT because I feel your told your cured once you have completed DBT and I dont agree ,thanks Joyce Loving your sites xxx

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I will be posting more on this, so stay tuned! 😉

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