Hannah Hilgeman is a contributor to the online health community The Mighty. She writes about her physical disability: postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), her mental health disability: borderline personality disorder (BPD), and life at the intersection of these two chronic conditions.
In 1967, a young Hungarian refugee sent to live in Britain planned on ending his life. “At 16 I was a very depressed adolescent, I had suicidal ideation, I had suicidal plans.”
The professor had sharpened his commentary to the point where he “had the entire lecture theatre howling with laughter over these freaky people and their wonky personalities”.
Studies have shown that nearly half of people who die by suicide visited their primary health care provider in the month before their death. Routine screening for depression can uncover suicidal thoughts, but clearly that’s not effective enough…
Among the many behaviors associated with Borderline Personality Disorder are emotional dysregulation, negative self-image, impulsivity and ‘splitting’, i.e., someone is either all good or all bad. This combination can lead a person with BPD to easily jump to erroneous…
A question often asked about Borderline Personality Disorder is, “What is that?”
Here’s a clip of Marsha Linehan briefly describing BPD…
Two authors propose that Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may, in fact, be one and the same thing. They argue this might also permit the controversial term Borderline Personality to be dropped from the diagnosis.
10 years ago, professional American football player Brandon Marshall was at the top of his game. But there was a problem, a big problem. Many of the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that made him a success on the NFL battlefield were making his life off the field miserable and destructive.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the least understood of all mental health disorders. It is also one of the most stigmatized, once being referred to as “the leprosy of mental illness.” Why is that? And what actually is stigma?