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Re: personality disorders/fair? terrics

Posted by Dinah on March 19, 2004, at 18:32:43

In reply to personality disorders/fair?, posted by terrics on March 19, 2004, at 17:12:32

> First of all I have an unfair question which of course no one has to answer. Do you have a personality disorder and which one?
Almost definitely, though which one is up for grabs. My therapist thinks I have schizotypal traits on the outside with borderline traits on the inside. Probably leading to a package of personality disorder - not otherwise specified.

> Do you believe that it is an accurate diagnosis?

I don't think I'm schizotypal or borderline. I do think I have significant traits from both, plus schizoid traits.

> Do you think it is fair to label a person personality disordered?

No. I think what are called personality disorders are actually just a cluster of manifestations of and coping mechanisms used to deal with either a) an underlying biological vulnerability or b) a history of trauma or neglect or c) both.

> I have had many diagnoses, but one T labled me borderline. After alot of agony over it I think she was wrong. It does leave a little scar on my heart though. terrics

If you self injure, a certain percent of therapists are going to label you borderline without much further ado. If the majority of the mental health professionals you've seen disagree with the diagnosis, and you disagree with the diagnosis, I would just assume it was a synonym for self injury for this therapist.




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