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Please Stop Using the Borderline Diagnosis as an Insult

Please Stop Using the Borderline Diagnosis as an Insult

A borderline diagnosis is often used as an insult. Please stop doing that. Using borderline as an insult reveals ignorance and increases stigma. Read this..

I need people to stop using the borderline diagnosis as an insult. As someone who writes primarily about mental health, it’s easy for people to figure out that I’ve been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) via a quick Google search. Part of me is relieved that it’s in the open – it frees me of the shame bestowed by secrecy and saves me from having to explain myself to people. But the other part of me worries that people who learn about my diagnosis will pigeonhole me based on their own misunderstandings of what BPD entails (Reclaiming Borderline to Reduce Stigma).

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Reframing the Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis

Reframing the Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis

When defining borderline personality disorder (BPD), most resources will present you with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) criteria, but I wish to reframe the borderline personality disorder diagnosis. Not only is the DSM flat-out wrong about certain aspects of BPD (such as its understanding of people with BPD as lacking empathy), but it reduces a complex experience of being human to a diagnosis packed with bias. Let’s reframe borderline personality disorder and think about the diagnosis differently.

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The Underdiagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder

The Underdiagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is widely underdiagnosed. However, the problem is not just a matter of healthcare access, as even BPD individuals who seek treatment are misdiagnosed. The problem runs deeper in the packaging and distribution of knowledge among professionals. The majority of mental healthcare providers hold misconceptions about BPD, and even those who don’t seem to perpetuate myths around borderline personality disorder.

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Coming to Terms with Borderline Personality Disorder

Coming to Terms with Borderline Personality Disorder

I asked my Facebook friends what they wanted to know about borderline personality disorder (BPD). Someone asked:

“I’d like to know how does one discover or come to terms with being BPD? It took me years to learn of my depression, and I would assume one doesn’t always know they have BPD – so how do they find out? And once they find out, then what?”

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A Lesson Learned From a Random Stranger

A Lesson Learned From a Random Stranger

I once read a book by a homeless man, and he talked about the first thing his guru said to him: “Everything that happens to you is for your own good.”

As a rape survivor, I argue with this, but it stood out to me. My version would be “Everything that happens to you is to teach you something.” I recently learned a major fact about my BPD diagnosis from a woman at the bus stop.

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Subtypes of Borderline Personality Disorder

The good news is there is hope. BPD is treatable. However, it is useful to know if you fall into a subtype in order to better communicate with your mental health professional. You may not know where you fall, and you may not fall into one of those categories–that’s okay. What’s important is that you understand your diagnosis, in order to improve the outcome of treatment.

Subtypes of Borderline Personality Disorder

According to Wikipedia, psychologist Theodore Millon identified four subtypes of borderline personality disorder (BPD).  They are:

  1. discouraged borderline–includes avoidant, depressive or dependent behaviors
  2. impulsive borderline–includes antisocial or approval-seeking behaviors
  3. petulant borderline–includes passive-aggressive behaviors
  4. self-destructive borderline–includes depressive or self-destructive behaviors

A person with BPD may have none, one, or more than one of these subtypes. I believe I fall under the discouraged and self-destructive subtypes.

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Does It Get Better?

Borderline personality disorder does get better if you work at it. You are worth the wait.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Does It Get Better?

Recently I was hospitalized for depression. Another patient, who had just been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), found out about this blog and asked me “Does it ever get any better?”

The answer is yes, but not quickly.

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Should Borderline Personality Disorder Be Renamed?

Some people believe that the term “borderline” is stigmatizing and inaccurate. Should BPD be renamed? If so, what should it be called?

Should Borderline Personality Disorder Be Renamed?

Some people believe that the term “borderline” is stigmatizing and inaccurate. Should BPD be renamed? If so, what should it be called?

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Schema Therapy for Treatment of BPD: Domains and Their Schemas

Schema Therapy for Treatment of BPD: Domains and Their Schemas

Schema therapy shows tremendous potential for treating borderline personality disorder (BPD).  In this video, More Than Borderline’s Becky Oberg explains domains, which are related to basic childhood needs, and the schemas that can form if those needs are not met.

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Aftermath of Suicide: Messages from Two Worlds

“When she feels one emotion strongly enough, she doesn’t know it’s possible to feel any other way.” That’s the mind of a suicidal person. … Someone once said “Every suicide is a double homicide.” After losing a loved one to suicide, the survivors may feel like they died, too.

Aftermath of Suicide: Messages from Two Worlds

Two days before Christmas, a woman I knew from church committed suicide. I realized on Sunday that I’m in an unusual position: I knew multiple people who died from suicide, and I have attempted it myself.

So in honor of those who’ve died and to console those left behind, I will try to explain both worlds: the world of the suicidal, and the world of the survivors.

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