‘Borderline Personality Disorder’, the Failure of Psychiatry and Emergence

By Jacqueline Gunn, PsyD and Brent Potter, PhD
This work stands out as distinct from all other books written on ‘borderline personality disorder’ and other so-called psychiatric diseases. We do not assume that BPD is what is outlined in the DSM and the literature on psychopathology. At no time do we refer to it as a diagnosis or psychiatric disease. This is why you will repeatedly see ‘borderline personality disorder’ in single quotation marks. It isn’t a thing, like a disorder residing solely in the brain organ of an individual. An individual only takes up possibilities disclosed to him or her by the cultural-historical environment. To say otherwise would be to say that the individual creates them out of nothing which, of course, would be absurd. Since distressing states of mind are variations of common human experience, they are expressed in typical ways. For these reasons, we do not consider ‘borderline personality disorder’ in a decontextualized fashion. … [click on title to read and view more]

The Scarlet Label (Borderline Personality Disorder)

By Brent Potter PhD
The diagnosis Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) strikes fear and loathing in the hearts of most mental health providers. It is unquestionably one of the most stigmatizing and overused diagnoses in existence. Often diagnosing someone with this label is a clinical punch in the gut to the client and also a means of communicating warning to other clinicians. It is the 21st century version of the scarlet letter. … [click on title to read and view more]

Lazy woman’s post—On Borderline Personality Disorder

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 […]

Narcissist…the evil other

The below is a response to this article and others like it: How Narcissists Play the Victim and Twist the Story All I ever see in these articles about the evil narcissists are massive amounts of projection and an incapacity to actually look at oneself. Meaning the author is not looking at themselves or so-called […]

Smoke and Flames: Silence In A World On Fire – By Will Hall

A corrupt world is built brick by brick by individual acts of shame and silence. Can we break the silence that protects misconduct even while it means being exposed ourselves? Psychiatry and the mental health system are failing, but they are also just sets of human relationships, relationships we are also part of. …

On trauma and madness in mental health services

BY Noël Hunter That’s when I decided, wisely or not, to join the very field that almost killed me. My entire motivation for returning to school was to explore the human rights violations and social injustices of the mental health field (I had no idea what I was in for!). …

BOOKS

This will always be a work in progress. After the links at the beginning are many images of additional books.You can click on the images to learn more or to buy . At some point I hope to have a brief descriptor on all of the images. New section: Shamanism (other themes below, including more […]

Stop. Trying. To. Fix. Yourself.

And then I realized that freedom was already here. Waiting. All I had to do was stop trying to fix myself.

(we don’t like it when others do it to us, so why do we do it to ourselves?)

Depression Delusion: an introduction by the author, Terry Lynch, MD

By Terry Lynch, MD — I know people can recover fully having received diagnoses of depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, OCD, eating disorders and borderline personality disorder. I know because I have seen this, both in my work, and through contact with people over many years. Full recovery is possible. Hard work, but possible. The common medical response to recovery – that it must have been a misdiagnosis and the person never actually had that condition – does not suffice. The people I am talking about met all the medical criteria for these psychiatric labels. Psychiatry is the only medical specialty where the mindset does not routinely include aiming for the best possible outcomes. … [click on title to read and view more]