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Borderline Personality Disorder - February 7th 2011, 01:34 AM

so ive read some stuff online and i kinda feel like i might have it. the websites i saw listed like 9 symptoms and say if u have 5 or more u may suffer from this and i generally have about 7. i KNOW this is not an actual diagnosis, but like what do i do with this information thats now in my head? that i may have this and its undiagnosed, that some of the symptoms are true for my life but i may not actually suffer from this, that if it never comes up with my future therapist (im going for the first time on tuesday) that i may never figure out the answer to these questions. do u think this is something i should bring up to a therapist after we've built a relationship or wait to see if they ever mention anything about it?
   
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Re: Borderline Personality Disorder - February 7th 2011, 02:07 AM

The problem with looking up the symptoms is you miss the criteria. Since it is a personality disorder, these symptoms have to have occurred for years and years, do not change much in different settings, likely to blame others rather than accept responsibility, etc... . When it comes to having the symptoms, there is some ambiguity in what they mean when written down, it's best for a person who is trained and understands what the symptoms commonly look like. One has to then try to formulate differential diagnosis, which include mood disorders and it can be very difficult to distinguish between the two. For borderline personality disorder, there are some child psychological theories regarding it so a doctor would want to understand your childhood.

Therapists are unable to diagnose you however they can suggest to a doctor (or you) which disorders are likely to have. So if you want a diagnosis, then therapists can refer you to a doctor, otherwise they can get sued for impersonating a doctor.

You could mention it to your therapist and see if he/she agrees on the symptoms based on the time they've had with you.


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