There is a fairly well done piece in Time magazine that I read yesterday on Borderline Personality Disorder. I thought about posting about it but wasn’t up to the analysis.
Now a commenter Andy Alt has left a comment mentioning it so I will post his comment and my response to his comment. Thank you Andy.
Maybe I’m getting excited (or anxious) again for no reason, but here is a truth injection that came from a mainstream news publication:
From TIME magazine: The Mystery of Borderline Personality Disorder By John Cloud / Seattle Thursday, Jan. 08, 2009
BPD treatment has improved dramatically in the past few years. Until recently, a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder was seen as a “death sentence,” as Dr. Kenneth Silk of the University of Michigan wrote in the April 2008 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Clinicians often avoided naming the illness and instead told patients they had a less stigmatizing disorder.
Borderline patients are often overmedicated–partly because therapists see them as difficult–but for Lily, as for most borderlines, the meds did little. “Drug treatment for BPD is much less impressive than most people think,” Paris writes in Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Yeah, I thought it was pretty well done myself, though I don’t think DBT is for everyone. I do think that a lot of us if not all of us with Bipolar diagnosis really just have characterological difficulties (personality disordered traits) though and that is exactly why drugs do nothing but make us worse.
I wrote in Undiagnosing myself of exactly that.
I still don’t like labeling, mostly because labels are so black and white—you either are or you’re not.
The truth is everyone on the planet has some characterological issues…
But this is a refreshing take on BPD in the mainstream media, you’re quite right.