BPD – me? Never!

Attending an appointment with a psychiatrist and my CPN I soon was told that I had a personality disorder.

Being unaware of what BPD was – I turned to Google, the upgrade to my brain, to help me understand more.

“BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) is a mental illness. People affected by BPD frequently experience distressing emotional states, difficulty in relating to other people and self-harming behaviour.” – SANE

With BPD you’re more likely to put yourself in dangerous situations, or be harming yourself. While self-harming isn’t the main characteristic of BPD, it’s the most common among people that have BPD.

People with BPD find it difficult relating to others which could leave both the person themselves upset and their friends and family that love and care about them. With finding it difficult relating to others, they may experience  things like deep feelings of insecurib ty, fear of abandoment and a fragile sense of self worth, and a frequent change of attitude to friends and family. People with BPD can also experience confused and distressing emotional feelings.

There’s myths around BPD where people say that people with BPD can’t recover. That’s totally not true. With ongoing support and treatment it can help people with BPD recover.

Medication alone cannot “fix” BPD. It can, though, be helpful in managing some of the symptons such as depression and anxiety.

Psychological Therapies are useful to people with BPD, If this be carries out by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. IPS (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) have been said to help manage BPD. During IPS people elarn new significant ways to relate to other people. In DBT it helps the person find new ways to handle their emotions and new ways to responds to situations and others.

If you have any concerns about anything, even if you think you could be suffering from BPD you should speak to your GP for further advice.

 
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