that more people suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder than Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder combined?
Lonely Lotus shares his personal struggle with BPD, MDD and GAD. Very inspirational! Please read and share! Show him your support for bravely sharing his story with us.
Many people with BPD and accompanying mental illnesses write their posts about their co-morbid illnesses, but not their BPD, because of the stigma. People with say that they have physical illnesses rather than BPD. Even with their therapists, they’re stigmatized because of their BPD. Students studying Psychology are too ashamed to admit that they have BPD because of stigma – by people in the profession of mental health, no less! Therapists, professors, doctors and nurses crack jokes about BPD sufferers as “just another Borderline” How do we stop this? By coming forward with our Borderline Personality Disorder and not being ashamed of it. By shouting it from the rooftops “I HAVE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER AND I’M PROUD OF IT!” We are good people. We have more empathy than most people. We are creative, passionate, loving. What we have to endure every day of our lives – the intense emotions that others will never feel, give us a strength that they can only dream of.
Are you ready to tell the world about your BPD? Wear your BPD with pride! I love all of you out there who have struggled along with me.
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.
Great brief description of the differences between ADHD, BP and BPD
I posted a while ago, or is it blogged a while ago? … on how hard it was sometimes to provide a diagnosis. Also why some are misdiagnosed, quite often. There has to be a reason for this, it is not like the profession is inept.
So it is hard.
oh that is an excuse for messing up?
ok, so why. Look yourself over please, point out the diagnostic port that we can plug our sensor into.
So diagnosis is based on what you answer, provide, divulge. A lot too, is what you don’t say. Sometimes with deliberateness, you don’t really want to talk about it. It is very personal, you are ashamed, embarrassed.
Or you don’t feel it is pertinent.
To be fair too, things change, some disorders coexist, or develop later. One may go untreated.
Mental, Mental, Mental.
Such a simple word, but it makes people cringe.
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Video by YouTube user ShineOnBPD:
An excellent video on The 5 Faces of Borderline Personality Disorder:
Welcome to “Make BPD Stigma-Free” ! My mission is to increase awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder, and reduce the stigma surrounding it. BPD is a very complex disorder that causes immense suffering for those afflicted with it, along with family members, friends, co-workers and others involved with the BPD sufferer.
In posts to come, I will be exploring many aspects of BPD. Please see the article entitled “Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)” for a summary of the disorder. I will be explaining each item further.
Check back here often or, better yet, follow my blog. Thanks for reading! I hope you will learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder with me in my journey to wellness.
This post from Debbie Corso dispels some of the myths surrounding people with BPD: HealingFromBPD.org: We Are Not Monsters | Borderline Personality Disorder. Please check it out and comment.