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Re: Don't know how to bring this up with T (trigge terrics

Posted by greyskyeyes on September 27, 2005, at 9:36:47

In reply to Re: Don't know how to bring this up with T (trigger?) greyskyeyes, posted by terrics on September 26, 2005, at 21:05:47

> You do not sound very borderline...good grads, playing instruments, etc. I guess if we have tantrums then we are borderline.

No, it's more complex than that. I'm high-functioning. But I fit all of the criteria for BPD and was dx'd that in 2 psychological analyses 10 years apart.

I agree however that the BPD diagnosis is tossed around way too readily. In many cases, if you are a woman and don't have a clear-cut dx (e.g., depression, anorexia), then many doctors will slap that label on you out of frustration. Unfortunately there is a definite stigma attached to it, I would say partly due to overdiagnosis and mostly due to misunderstanding.

I was "fired" by a pdoc for not responding to his treatments - he treated me as bipolar (which almost killed me when he pulled me off of the antidepressant... I am also MDD) and just kept upping my dosages when they didn't work. On my way out the door he snidely remarked that I obviously had some sort of a personality disorder and belonged in an in-patient program (thank you, Dr. Sensitive). Subsequent testing revealed that the BPD diagnosis still applied (originally dx'd in high school). I am fortunate to have (finally) found a pdoc who has worked with borderlines before and doesn't have any preconceived notions about how to treat them - vital since there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. In my case I'm kept relatively stable with an anti-depressant/ mood stabilizer/ anti-psychotic (as needed) combination and twice-a-week therapy.

Oh I am so long-winded. Sorry. I do appreciate your thoughts Terrics... thanks for the support.

~ grey




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