Misconceptions …..

Of borderline personality disorder. There is so much confusion surrounding borderline personality disorder. The first and probably the biggest is the fact that it cannot be treated, it is treatable and given time sufferers can live symptom free. The problem is in the diagnosis. It took me well over 20 years to be properly assessed and diagnosed with BPD. That was 20 years of being given this tablet or that tablet, having therapy for depression, anxiety and even bipolar disorder. None of which addressed the real source. Anxiety and depression are part of it for me, but dealing with the root cause is going to be the solution.

People see BPD as like “Jekyll and Hyde” as in there are 2 of me. Not at all true. BPD is in essence feeling emense emotions and not being able to control them. It can be a small thing, like a comment or a look. I can feel worthless and unloved, like I just don’t fit in or belong anywhere. Now I know this isn’t true at all, and when I am “well” it doesn’t effect me at all, but right now I am lost. Right now where ever I am isn’t where I want to be.

Another misconception is that it only affects females, this is not true. It can affect anyone at any point in life. It is also thought that it is triggered by some childhood abuse or trauma, again not true.

Self harm. Nope, I don’t self harm and this is not a symptom.

If you know someone (me), with BDP, please take a little time to research what it is really like. Don’t be afraid ask questions. If you have it yourself, speak up. Seek professional help. I will get my life back, and you can too.

About catmann1973

Hi, I’m Martin. 47 years old, living in Suffolk. I have three amazing grown up children. I have the best family and friends in the world. I am a football fan, love going to the gym and I am a motorcycle pilot. I’ve had mental health problems all of my life. This site is about my past, present and future. I’m hoping to make it easier for people to be able to speak freely about mental health. It can affect anyone at anytime.
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