Borderline Personality Disorder: No Man Is an Island


Interesting article on the brains of sufferers.  Be sure to check out the comments!

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=borderline-personality-disorder

3 responses to “Borderline Personality Disorder: No Man Is an Island

  1. BPD is treatable and even cure-able. Depending on where yu live, it may not be easy to find a therapist who is trained and savvy, that’s the hard part for many, along with avoidance, at all costs, of feeling stigmatized. Therapist must be first of all knowledgeable/up to date re BPD, compassionate, have specific training and skills. Average therapist tends to be behind the times, not have good enough boundaries to provide a secure and consistent relationship. Please don’t give up, and please don’t give others the idea that their situation is hopeless. Mother of person with BPD

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    • Everyone recovers at their own pace. They will make progress then relapse, perhaps many times while they learn a new way of life. Borderlines need to know this. I learned in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to new put unrealistic expectations of myself to never relapse. All that does is make us feel worse. We will always be highly sensitive and emotionally intense, but we can learn how to manage our behaviours and, as Marsha Linehan says, create a “life worth living.”

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      • The way the article starts off is a bit depressing, but it’s the reality for most BPD sufferers, until they receive the right treatment. It IS one of the most damaging mental illnesses. Patients DO have difficulty controlling their impulses and regulating their emotions. It DOES account for up to 10 percent of patients in psychiatric care and 20 percent of those who have to be hospitalized. Close relationships of patients ARE often tumultuous and compromised by highly unpredictable behavior. Their lives ARE highly unstable. As difficult as lives are for others around them, it is ten times more difficult living with this disorder, until they receive the proper treatment, usually DBT.

        We need to raise awareness of BPD so that we can reduce the stigma around it. And so that sufferers and those that care about them can have much better lives. Everyone needs to know how devastating this disorder is when left untreated, and how common it also is, so that sufferers don’t feel alone, a fate worse than death for a Borderline.

        Everyone’s journey is different, and their path to recovery is different. There’s a quote “Just because someone is not on the same path as you, does not mean that they are lost.” or something like that.

        I can only speak for myself and many others that I’ve spoken to and read their own personal stories.

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