May is BPD Awareness Month

May 7, 2011

What are the symptoms of BPD?

  1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  2. Pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
  3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
  4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g. spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
  5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
  6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood.
  7. Chronic feelings of emptiness.
  8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger.
  9. Transient, stress, related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms. (DSM IV)

It isn’t a death sentence. It isn’t a malicious attack or a terrible stigma. It’s a treatable disorder. But you have to acknowledge it first. The above was a short film made by someone whose life is better now because she had the courage to face the truth:

I made this film a while ago, it’s dark but it was my account of where I was. A lot of us are failed initially after diagnosis. Things are better now and I’m receiving all the help I need, I’m working full time soon & I lead a happy, healthy life. I’ve been through some of the worst years of my life but recovery from BPD is possible! All the best

Say no to denial and yes to awareness.

2 Responses to “May is BPD Awareness Month”

  1. Amanda said

    Excellent info.

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