7 in every 1000 people in the UK suffer from this disorder. It is more common than Bipolar and Schizophrenia combined, and almost as common as Alzheimer’s Disease. Between 8-10% of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) ultimately end up dead by suicide. It is the third biggest killer in women between 15-25 years old. Stigma attached to this disorder is really bad. There is not enough research into causes and treatment. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), created by Marsha Linehan, works best with Borderline Personality Disorder. As sufferers, we would like to see more money invested into research into Borderline Personality Disorder, and more centres to teach clinicians how to provide Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. We would also like for the stigma around the disorder to end, and for clinicians to not tell us that our disorder is not real. For crisis teams to be better trained to deal with Borderline Personality Disorder, rather than just giving us ways to distract from our suicidal/self harm urges. Marsha Linehan said this: “People with Borderline Personality Disorder are like people with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies. Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.” I started this petition as a way to help people like me with Borderline Personality Disorder. I want this to make a difference in lives of us with Borderline Personality Disorder and to those who are struggling on their own because of the lack of treatment in their area.
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