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Jul 23, 2012 · I need help taming my Ulcerative Colitis in Digestive Health

I haven’t been able to drink alcohol in over years due to my UC…its like having food poisoning for days on end if I even have a tiniest sip…It is fun however, to get pity faces as people assume I am an alcoholic because I don’t drink

Jul 23, 2012 · Slightly confused: borderline personality disorder diagnosis change in Mental Health

I have suffered with BPD (diagnosed) for about 15 years and can tell you that a mood stabilizer will help if you truly have BPD, but seeing a therapist who specialized in BPD is most beneficial. It is possible to live with it off of medication, or a low dose with proper therapy. BPD is very hard to live with and is a daily struggle, but if you are able to accept it and seek help, it can be very manageable. I would ask about Seroquel, it is new to treat BPD and has a high success rate.

Jul 23, 2012 · Borderline personality disorder in my teenage son. Any advice? in Mental Health

Hi hip4son. I am a 34 year old woman, who has suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder my whole life and let me give you some hope. I have a 16 year old son who is great, and I lead an independent productive life, have a fabulous career, make good money and go to college full-time. I am receiving my Bachelors and am almost done and going to get my Masters, living with BPD is NOT hopeless, you can do well, I am not the only one like this, there are many!

For your son, I know it can be a nightmare, I have been there. Please understand that to control BPD that YEARS of self-awareness, acceptance and support. A person with BPD has the largest fear that they are going to be abandoned. So no matter what, the more you stay and don’t leave and support, the easier it will be, even if you don’t see it now. Also, everything a person with BPD feels is intensified, magnified. Think of a time when you have felt the saddest you have ever felt, try to multiply that by many and this is how your son feels but with every emotion and it will change over and over.

Advice I can give you.

It can take multiple physichiatrists and medications before you find one that will work. If you feel you are getting nowhere with one, go to someone else. Your son may not be connecting with who you are seeing.

Make sure who he is seeing SPECIALIZES in BPD, if not, definitely take him somewhere else. There is VERY specific therapy to BPD and he needs it!

Also, try to find research studies going on regarding medications and studies for BPD. I have enrolled in one myself and it changed my life. The newest therapies and drugs coming out are sometimes the best.

Look into Seroquel for him, ASK about it! This could be a life-changer for you. It is used to treat schizophrenia but has been found to help people with BPD and WORKS! The side effects are not good at first and it makes you extremely tired and hungry but after a week he will be fine. It changes lives!

Last, but not least, do not lose hope or give up on him. He is still your son no matter his behavior. It is a nightmare living with BPD, I have no words for it. Nobody should be cursed to live with something so awful. Having BPD paired with just being a teenager makes it even worse.

I am more than happy to help you in any way that I can and answer any questions, but look at the University of Minnesota Research Studies around Borderline Personality Disorder — they have fantastic doctors who know what they are doing! It will help your son!