For one Australian woman, seeing open water or even hearing the sound of open water, would trigger severe symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The traumatic event was a near death experience in a boating accident, an incident that also took the lives of her parents and brother. That took place 30 years ago and she is just now getting to a point where she can enter the ocean waters again.

Her story is the subject of a full length documentary aired on Australia’s SBS television network. It also serves as a taking off point of an article written by two mental health experts from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In their piece, published in the online version of Insight, the venerable current affairs television program produced by SBS.

In their piece, the two authors propose that Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may, in fact, be one and the same thing. And that may be the root cause of the many difficulties with treatment that most people with BPD experience. They argue this might also permit the controversial term Borderline Personality to be dropped from the diagnosis.

It’s a very compelling argument. See for yourself. HERE

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