Posted by PattyG on November 1, 2001, at 17:02:33
In reply to Re: Borderline Personality Disorder Meds, posted by Elizabeth on November 1, 2001, at 14:35:11
> /////Yes, well in my son's case, I always knew that "something was wrong."
That's often the case, I think; that doesn't necessarily imply a "personality disorder." ADHD and social phobia, for example, are often lifelong disorders.
////No, I wasn't necessarily saying he had a personality disorder per se (as a child) however, in retrospect we all certainly realized there was more to it than "simply" depression. He went through a stage of being somewhat hyperactive, but has never really been labeled with ADHD (or social phobia, for that matter.)
> I first spoke to a psychiatrist about him when he was 18 mos. old - very sad/solemn child. He has suffered from depression all of his life and the BPD "began" as Oppositional Defiant Conduct Disorder, which many
professionals are now realizing can be the early onset of BPD.
"Oppositional defiant disorder" and "conduct disorder" are two different things; the latter is considered a precursor to antisocial personality disorder, not BPD (in fact, one of the diagnostic criteria for antisocial PD is that there must be evidence of conduct order in childhood).
////Yes, I realize that - that's why I said ODD was his diagnosis.
> My experience has been that more often than not, many male Borderlines are incorrectly diagnosed as having Antisocial PD.
I don't know if we can really say which diagnosis is the "right" one. BPD is certainly trendier at present (there's a lot of research being done on it, and it's probably overdiagnosed in general), but it's diagnosed mostly in women. Some experts think that antisocial and borderline PDs are manifestations of the same underlying problem in males and females, respectively.
////Well, I suppose it would depend on how well one knows the individual:) For instance, my son is very kind to animals, does have a conscience, and has never been in a fight (he can verbalize quite well, but isn't a "fighter.") BPD, Antisocial, Histrionic, and Narcissistic PD's are all from Cluster "B" and, of course, can overlap a bit or one can even have more than one PD, but the diagnostic criteria is pretty clearly defined.
I don't know what the exact qualifications are for this type of assistance, and it probably varies from state to state. I imagine that the qualifications have to do with your income and whether you have any sort of insurance.
/////Yes, I suspect that is correct - I'll just have to check into it. Thanks for responding!