So you think you know about borderline personality disorder? Think again. Many of us have seen Fatal Attraction where the lead female character is described as having borderline personality disorder (BPD), but the diagnosis is not that Hollywood portrayal. In fact, despite great efforts through a number of organizations, including McLean Hospital, Project 375, and the Linehan Institute, there are still many misconceptions about BPD. And unfortunately, along with misconceptions, comes stigma.
Source: Borderline Personality Disorder: Fact vs Fiction | McLean Hospital
Last night, I watched “Emotional Rescue” from W5 online. It was about adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder. It was very informative. I already knew some of what they showed, but some of the stories were new to me.
Most doctors and therapists don’t like to diagnose Borderline Personality Disorder in people under 18 because they believe that their personality is still forming. That can be a death sentence to adolescents with BPD. We need to make sure that these teens don’t fall through the cracks.
In the U.S., they have programs for teens with BPD. Comprehensive, residential programs. They need programs like that here in Canada. There is currently a petition going around to try and get support for those types of programs here. Here is the link:
Please think about supporting this petition. Don’t let any more teens become statistics. I’m sure that many of you could have used programs like these when you were younger. I know I could have.
Did you watch the program? What did you think of it? Could you see yourself in the adolescents featured? If you do watch this program, make sure that you are taking care of yourself and are not triggered. If you do start to feel triggered, stop watching it and do some self-soothing or distracting. Whatever works for you. I hope that this gives non-BPDs some insight into what people with Borderline Personality Disorder go through every day. I am so glad that I had some Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and can manage my emotions so much better than I did years ago. I’m not perfect by any means but I’m a lot better than I used to be. I wish that for everyone suffering from this disorder, which can be totally debilitating but also overcome with therapy like DBT.
Dr. Blaise Aguirre, featured on the show, has written a book called “Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent has BPD” as well as “Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Both are excellent books. I highly recommend them.
Also check out Sashbear.org. Sasha was one of the adolescents featured on the program. Every year, there is a walk held in her memory. What a wonderful tribute to her. Please check out her story!
Thanks again for joining me in my continuing journey of wellness. Till next time,