Thus far I haven’t spent too much time on this blog talking about borderline personality disorder (BPD), which I was diagnosed with in 2012. I suppose I’ve been biding my time while trying to figure out the best way to address it on this blog.
BPD is an extremely misunderstood disorder. Historically, BPD has long had a big problem with being stigmatized and incorrectly diagnosed. So, I thought the best way for me to introduce the disorder was to try and work against those things right from the start.
BPD mythbuster #1: Recovery
Something I often hear people say:
“I didn’t know BPD was something a person could recover from.”
I also often hear:
“I don’t believe people with BPD want to recover.”
First of all, I’m here to say that recovery from BPD is indeed possible. Is it easy? No way! Recovery from BPD is immensely difficult. It takes time and dedication. Don’t expect it to happen overnight.
Recovery from BPD is much different than your standard run of the mill recovery process. I’ve heard it said before that BPD should be thought of as more along the lines of a manageable condition without a fixed healing process. I believe this to be 100% true. Proper ongoing management of the disorder is key as frequent setbacks are quite common.
Second, I’ve never known anyone with this disorder who did not want to recover. On the contrary, people with BPD desperately want to get better, however, a lack of resources and effective treatment methods often stand in the way. BPD can be exhausting and debilitating but I think a lot of people confuse this with laziness and apathy.
For anyone who has questions about what BPD really is, I emplore you to start with a blank slate. Then, consult these excellent resources. Get a handle on what is, and, just as important, what isn’t a criteria for BPD.
Nami (National Association of Mental Illness): Borderline Personality Disorder
verywellmind: Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder
Mayo Clinic: Borderline Personality Disorder
I’m so glad to have this opportunity and this platform in order to further the understanding of BPD.
Hope everyone is doing well!