There is an inverse relationship between the number of people who are living with mental illness and the availability of resources with which to treat them. In other words, as more people need support for mental illness, there is insufficient help available to them- fewer therapists, community services, psychiatric hospitals, clinics, etc. And that trend does not look like it is going to be reversed any time soon.

This is certainly the case with Borderline Personality Disorder. As BPD becomes better understood, more people are being diagnosed. While there are clinical treatments available and providers interested in treating BPD, there are still barriers that make it hard for people to access these resources in their communities. The obstacles include economic, social and geographic barriers such as lack of insurance, widespread stigma and living outside a major population area. And if you live in a country that offers national health services, you can add long waiting time to the list.

What options are there for people in these circumstances? One approach with potential might be self-help, a growing trend in mental health care that blends peer support with a DIY attitude.

This is not a recommendation to avoid seeking professional help. That should always be your first step. Remember, there is nothing that can substitute for professional intervention, but if you’re one of those people who can’t access or afford services, you might be able to bridge that gap a little on your own. If you’re interested in exploring this option, you should carefully research potential services to decide if any particular one fits your needs, budget and personal style.

Clinically proven therapy, such as Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is still the gold standard in BPD care, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump-start your recovery journey on your own.

Here’s are a few resource links to help you get started:

Books about BPD

Online DBT classes

Online Peer Support- #BPDChat


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