Ask and you shall recieve

10 Jan

My infographic on Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD infrographic

6 Responses to “Ask and you shall recieve”

  1. prideinmadness January 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM #

    Reblogged this on Pride in Madness and commented:
    People need to learn about BPD.

  2. bpdtransformation January 11, 2014 at 8:14 AM #

    What readers might be surprised to learn is that BPD is in fact not a scientifically valid diagnosis. To do this date, researchers have failed to prove its existence via gene studies, twin studies, brain scans, blood tests, or other physical methods. Given that it is only a theoretical construction in the minds of psychiatrists, that is projected onto patients who roughly fit their opinion of who is or is not “borderline”, much of the data in your infographic must remain doubtful and speculative. Nevertheless, all the symptoms of BPD do exist in differing degrees of severity, and they do cause severe pain without a doubt. What is up for debate is whether or not there is a discrete syndrome made up of 5 out of 9 of these symptoms as judged by pschiatrists. Readers would be surprised that many therapists actually do not believe in the validity of BPD. The DSM, NIMH, and drug companies, however, promote it as valid because it allows for insurance usage and for the prescription of psychiatric drugs which make people money. Over the past several years, after having been diagnosed with BPD, I recovered from its symptoms. I write about that and about an alternate view on the validity of BPD on my blog, BPD Transformation.

    • mm172001 January 11, 2014 at 1:08 PM #

      A lot of psychiatric diagnoses have not yet been proved by any physical methods or have found conflicting evidence. Such as depression, where many people do not experience relief with medication though there seems to be specific neurotransmiters effected in some way; or are helped by medication after several trials unfortunately there isn’t an exact science to it yet. To me the fact that so many people have similar symptoms which are debilitating makes Borderline Personality Disorder real. I wish they would change the name though because it doesn’t really represent the disorder. I agree that Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the harder diagnosis to make and that it is often applied to any “difficult” patient. I also agree in the recovery from BPD and it’s symptoms which in my opinion is usually found through therapy and coping skills, however medication is needed for some people who most often have a co-occurring disorder because if you are struggling so much from depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc… you don’t have what you need to be apple to participate and get the most out of therapy and coping skills. I am glad you have recovered from the symptoms and I am working towards that myself. I will have a look at your blog and thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      • bpdtransformation January 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM #

        I agree very much with most everything you say. It sounds like you have a pretty balanced viewpoint on mental disorders and on BPD. The one thing I still disagree with is the notion that “so many people having similar symptoms makes BPD real.” To me, one does not follow from the other. These people have likely had similar experiences of abuse and neglect, and/or a similar degree of genetic vulnerability, which led to them developing varying degrees of pathological symptoms under stress. It is not surprising that many people react similarly to severe stress, since there is much in common across the human experience. That doesn’t mean that there is some magical “condition” called BPD that applies to some emotionally disturbed people and not others. This is a very complex and thorny issue, and of course each person is entitled to their opinion. What is definitely true is that all the 9 borderline symptoms from the DSM are real and cause people great suffering to differeing degrees. However, to me the notion of BPD being a real “disorder” is like the unicorn – alluring, almost real, but ultimately a myth not objectively grounded in the real world.

  3. banishingherdemons January 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM #

    Reblogged this on Banishing Her Demons.


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