About Emily Eveland, Author of 'More Than Borderline'
I'm thrilled to introduce myself as the new author of HealthyPlace.com's More than Borderline blog. I'm a 25-year-old memoirist, journalist, and songwriter from Chicago whose creative work is primarily centered on mental health and recovery. Over the past 12 years, I've been handed a number of diagnoses, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar spectrum, dysthymia, major depression, anxiety, anorexia nervosa, and drug/alcohol addiction. My personal belief is that most, if not all, of these diagnoses stem from the two primary causes of borderline personality disorder: sensitivity and trauma/invalidation.
Emily Eveland and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
My mental health journey began with a bout of major depression and school refusal in seventh grade, which resulted in my admission to an eight-week outpatient program in the suburbs of Chicago. The treatment center introduced me to cognitive behavioral therapy, but its positive benefits were temporary. The next year, I was sent to a residential treatment center in Utah for anorexia and left prematurely. I continued to suffer from my eating disorder until I picked up my first drink at 18, at which point my reclusive anorectic lifestyle was replaced with alcoholism and promiscuity.
I was introduced to BPD in 2014 when a therapist suggested dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) just before firing me. Though insulted and resistant to her guidance, I saw that my situation was dire. I had burned my major bridges. I was emotionally frail, impulsive, and captive to my addictions. I finally agreed to find a DBT group in my area.
It took the intake specialist at the DBT center 10 minutes to diagnose me as borderline.
I dedicated a year of my life to DBT and graduated in early 2015. I barely recognize my old self. Today, I am sober, stable, and in remission from BPD. I’m still sensitive, but I’ve learned to channel my sensitivity into my art, rather than allowing it to rule my social interactions.
What I Hope Readers Will Get from 'More Than Borderline'
My posts on More Than Borderline will include references to DBT skills and creative ways to implement them. I will also be emphasizing the intersection of trauma and BPD, treating the latter as a cluster of symptoms rather than as a disease. I do not believe borderlines are doomed to eternal suffering. As an author of More Than Borderline, my goal is to free readers of shame and to instill self-compassion and understanding in its place.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English and will begin pursuing my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction this fall. Beyond this blog, I can be found listening to bad '90s music, eating too much candy, and trying to teach my dog how to heel.
More About 'More Than Borderline' and Emily Eveland
Also check out my welcome borderline video:
Eveland, E. (2016, March 18). About Emily Eveland, Author of 'More Than Borderline', HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, October 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/borderline/2016/03/about-emily-eveland
Author: Emily Eveland
Thanks Emily for the understanding am a 34yr old lad that hasn't got the right people around me they don't understand your words give me relieve thanks take care x
thank for posting this i was bpd for 10 years and didnt even kbow it. thank you for posting this.
"...My personal belief is that most, if not all, of these diagnoses stem from the two primary causes of borderline personality disorder: sensitivity and trauma/invalidation. ..."
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It's nice to know that this awful disorder is being looked at. The pain of his condition is immense and every person diagnosed with it should be applauded and congratulated for still being here, living and fighting through. I often fight the thought that if I had known in my teens, this hell was a lifetime condition, I would have opted out there and then. The things I have read and experienced has lead me to believe that psychiatrists and psychoanalysts of all kinds do not want to get involved with anyone with BPD, because they are too complex, are very difficult to treat and help and in some case we have been described as 'terminal'. I am 57 years old and last year found out, by accident, what my true diagnosis was. I always believed it was depression, it sent me in a tailspin, I felt there was "no hope" especially as I was getting older and of little use to society any more. I have lost everything and anything along my way and wish I had seen the understanding of this illness come on in leaps and bounds, but sadly it hasn't. I'd love to be able to donate my mind to science where cures and coping mechanisms can be tried out on me so that I may be able to help other sufferers.
I am and i have the same thing as you. But i cant seem to find my way.
I am so fascinated by this! I just published a novel called What The Waves Know based on the way mental illness affects the family and includes school refusal and misdiagnosis. It is such a heartbreaking journey for the people impacted. Best of luck!