Is the mental health profession failing men by diagnosing them with borderline personality disorder?
The experiences of men who meet criteria for borderline personality are no less difficult and distressing than a female in similar circumstances. Or are they?
Conventional wisdom regarding the prevalence of BPD holds that the gender ratio of females compared with males is estimated to be 3:1. While that ratio has long been considered the norm, more recent research suggests there might actually be an equal distribution of BPD among men and women.
What are the ramifications of that? The question is addressed in a thoughtful article written by digital journalist Farahnaz Mohammed that recently appeared in Quartz.com. the online news outlet .
Farahnaz recounts the experiences of two men who have faced the challenges of BPD for years and suffered numerous negative consequences along the way. Regardless of the varying BPD prevalence among women and men, a number of those consequences are gender unique. Ms. Mohammed notes that men may suffer from BPD in a number of different ways than women do. “Unfortunately for men, traditional concepts of masculinity are often incongruent with mental stability”. You can read the entire article here
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