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Trying To Cope With BPD

Posted by @gottabbetter in Mental Health, Jun 19, 2012

I just joined. I was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I was actually happy to finally have a name for my "monster". For about 15 years I just figured that this was what life was like for a girl. Ups and downs all the time! For 10 years now I was under the general label of depression and taking antidepression meds which work about 75% of the time. Recently I started seeing a new psychologist and in my ramblings she said I was a text book definition. After looking it up, I had to agree! Now my next step is getting into a psychiatrist to change my medication to a mood stabilizer which she said will be much better. She said the grass will be greener and those things that really weigh on me will just slide off. I hope she's right. I'm in a down mood now and can hardly stand it. The thing that sucks is there are hardly any psychiatrists in the area taking new patients. I finally got an appt with one in July but he seems like an ass. Hoping I can find another one before then.

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Posted by @roxie43, Jun 20, 2012

Hello and welcome,
I'm sorry you were spoken to that way. We are not textbooks. You may have met some of the criteria for BPD and I'm hoping that everything was explained to you. It's different from an Axis I which is your depression. It's an Axis II a personality disorders. I'm happy that you feel you found answers and I hope you get the proper treatment.
Treatment for personality disorders is behavioural not medications. One is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy that teaches you how to regulate your emotions. Typically, being labeled BPD can be stigmatizing as with any mental illness.
I suggest you really educate yourself and if it's a valid assessment work very hard with a therapist trained/specializing in the treatment of Axis II's.
Best of luck and take good care of yourself ..always - Meds do help the mood. Were you diagnosed as bipolar?


Posted by @gottabbetter, Jun 20, 2012

No. Not bipolar. The textbook comment didn't bother me. I knew what she meant as soon as I started reading up on it. She was right. It describes me very well. At least I feel like I know what to treat and learn how. I know therapy is still impt. The psychologist I'm seeing is very understanding and seems knowledgable. I had been to previous therapists that never suggested any kind of condition or disorder other than the vague term of depression. The plan is to get the right meds titrated and then really work on finding me. Thanks for the reply. I'm glad I have a place to go now that someone else will understand. My husband tries but doesn't get it. God love him for dealing with me all these years. 😉


Posted by @roxie43, Jun 22, 2012

Okay as long as you are accepting and willing to do the work. I am proud of you.


Posted by @hlp4son, Jul 18, 2012

How did you, or loved ones help you the most? My son seems to be going down hill, and I can't seem to help him. What is it they did or did not do to help you the most.? He is on 4 different meds, including a mood stabalizer. I just don't know what to do to help him. Any advice?

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