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Borderline Personality Disorder? - January 3rd 2010, 06:03 AM

So it's been brought to my attention on multiple occasions that I may have B.P.D. Once by my regular doctor, although it wasn't a diagnosis. Some of my friends have brought it up. I got the guts to see the counselor again, and she said something about it, and I haven't even gotten to that part yet!

How do I know if I have it???

And uh, what is it exactly? The definition doesn't really give much of an explanation.


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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder? - January 3rd 2010, 02:17 PM

I'm going to try to explain this as simply as I can.

I have Borderline Personality Disorder.

More people in the United States have heard about Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder than Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), even though BPD is more common than Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder and affects 2% of the adult US population.

In America, about 1 out of every 9091 people kill themselves. In people who have Borderline Personality Disorder, 1 out of every 10 people kill themselves. People with BPD also account for 20% of all inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations in the US.

What is BPD? Because it's a personality disorder it's hard to explain, just like it would be hard for you to explain your personality in a few words. There are 9 symptoms of BPD, and to be diagnosed you have to have 5 or more of the 9 symptoms consistently for over a year. (This isn't the official wording, i'm just trying to make it easy to understand)

The 9 symptoms include: extreme but short lasting mood swings, feelings of emptiness, fear of being abandoned, being impulsive in multiple areas of your life, being excessively angry, low self esteem, unstable/intense personal relationships, frequently threatening or actually engaging in self harming behaviors such as attempting suicide, cutting, etc, and paranoia/delusions/dissociation.

BPD has a lot of stigma attached to it. Some people feel that people with BPD are intentionally manipulative, attention seeking, or untreatable. In recent years however several therapies have become more widespread that are thought to be effective in treating bpd. These therapist include: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Schema Therapy, Transference Based Therapy, and Mentalization Based Therapy.

You might be interested to check out the thread i started on BPD at
http://www.teenhelp.org/forums/f14-m...lity-disorder/

or joining the user group i created for bpd at
http://www.teenhelp.org/socialgroups...life+++border/

feel free to vm or pm me anytime if you have any questions or need to vent.

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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder? - January 3rd 2010, 03:57 PM

Ok. I have BPD. it is not as bad as it seems. Try out the links that Cresendo gave you. You might find them helpful. BPD is hard to explain because everyone is different and everyone has a different personality.
There are feelings of abandonment and often you do ingadge in self manipulative behaviors. Often BPD can lead to thoughts of suicide.

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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder? - January 3rd 2010, 07:56 PM

Thanks both of you.

I'm worried that they may be right, because most of symptoms apply to me. Should I talk to my counselor again about this?


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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder? - January 4th 2010, 04:38 AM

Yes you should. You are the only one standing between conitinuting life like this of getting help. You know yourself the best and if you think somethings up, talk to someone about it


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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder? - January 4th 2010, 05:28 AM

I Love, I am in the same boat. My friend who has it has told me shes pretty sure I have BPD, and BP2. I've also got most of the symptoms for both. I just need to get somewhere to seek a diagnosis. So, I know how it feels to question it, want to know more, and so on. You should seriously get any help you can. Trust me, I've been trying my best to do such, thus a big part of why I joined a different chat, then came here. Now, when I can afford to/get insured to, I'm going to get professional help, but I've been wanting to, and think if you can, DO IT.

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