What a great show!
Tuesday night, we visited the topic of Borderline Personality Disorder and revealed some ugly truths that come along with it. HealthyPlace Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft, provided insight into the difficulty of diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder and how far treatment of BPD has come along over the years.
Dr. Croft told us that BPD does not discriminate. Although the disorder commonly occurs in those who were sexually abused as children or maybe even neglected, it can also show up in those who lived in a nurturing environment.
We were lucky to have two guests, Tami Green and A.J. Mahari. Both recovered from Borderline Personality Disorder.
A.J., who was diagnosed with BPD at age 19, shared her experience of living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Her road to recovery started when she realized the common denominator in her strained or failed relationships was herself. Her unhappiness was unbearable. She soon realized there was much more to life than just being angry and feeling hurt. Today, she is 14 years into recovery and attributes her success to dedicated therapists.
Our second guest, Tami Green, has a different but victorious story. After struggling with drug abuse and a poor sense of self, she was able to stabilize with the help of a nurturing community. Unfortunately, as she got older, her Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms returned. Soon she found herself drinking alcohol and her marriage ended in divorce. Now a life coach for BPD sufferers, she says that the transformation of her sense of self was significant in her recovery. She was able to give stages to recovery that starts with tolerating stress.
After hearing both of these courageous women speak, it seems they shared a common problem. In the beginning of their recovery, their mental health providers were not able to properly treat their symptoms. Although BPD is stigmatized with notions of “untreatable” and “hopelessness,” these two women were able to overcome their symptoms and lead a normal, fulfilling life.
If you would like to learn more about A.J. Mahari, you can visit her website. Her website will lead you to her other websites, blogs, and podcasts that she is active with.
If you’re interested Tami Green’s work, you can visit Tami Green’s website. Her website is filled with her speeches as well as articles she has written on BPD.
As always, Tuesday’s night show can be viewed on the HealthyPlace TV Show homepage. Just click “on-demand” button on the TV show player and you will be on your way to finding out how this information can help you with your recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder.