What I am about to write in this post will come as no surprise to those of you who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), but it may be helpful for those who treating you or who have careers ahead of them that will allow them to do so.
Starting with its very name, the diagnosis is often misunderstood, stigmatized, and feared, and the patients who bear its name on their records are often lumped into a group of manipulative, untreatable consumers of the psychiatric system. As a person who no longer meets the criteria for a BPD diagnosis and who has substantial contact with others around the world who have BPD or have overcome it, I am here to tell you that I have been catching promising glimpses of hope that this is all starting to shift.
|It’s tough to see in this pic, but that’s me,
joining the group at Berkeley CBT Clinic
via Skype, projected onto the wall.
|Thank you Rich for this closeup of the screen.|
As an advocate for my community — those suffering from BPD, those on the road of recovery, and everyone in-between, I believe that it is essential the we encourage, educate and inspire new psychologists entering the field about working with the BPD population.
As part of my preparation for the presentation, I asked many of my readers via this site’s Facebook page to chime in on the following question:
What would YOU like me to say on your behalf? ….
Hello Dear Ones, Tomorrow I’ll be doing a presentation in front of a class of students who are working to become psychologists (and I believe psychiatrists, too) at the Berkeley CBT Clinic here in California. This is a group of enthusiastic, new practitioners who are entering into the field wanting to help others and make a difference. They have also likely been exposed to stereotypes and stigmas associated with Borderline Personality Disorder and may be nervous or hesitant to work with our population because of this.
If you could tell them one thing to encourage them in a direction that reduces stigma and helps create an atmosphere of hope and healing for those with BPD as they set out to start their careers, what would you say? I’d love to share your responses with this group tomorrow, and I’ll let you know how it goes.
Their responses moved me, as many were so raw, vulnerable, and willing to be incredibly open. I’ve selected some to share with you here, but you can read them all the Facebook page if you’d like.
Years ago, I never imagined I would be in a position to do this, so please have hope that your future is bright, too.
Thank you for reading.
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