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Borderline
Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

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Janice avatar
Janice

Regina IS manically crazy. She desperately needs lithium or another mood stabilizer. As she is, she is dangerous to others. Poor Barbara.

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Eve

You do realize that BPD is not Bipolar, right? The two are treated very differently, since they are very different disorders. They can often initally present quite similar (and often people with BPD are first wrongly diagnosed with Bipolar), but over the longer term it tends to become clear. ...Read more

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Ashley

Just fyi--BPD can be treated with mood stabilizers. I'm diagnosed with BPD and have been on Lamictal for 8 years now. Most of the people I know with BPD are on lithium or Lamictal. It's not perfect--I have to practice DBT skills almost daily--but it is definitely better than no medication at ...Read more

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Eve

Just fyi: That's not actually 'treating' BPD. Various types of psychotropic medications are frequently prescribed to help alleviate certain symptoms of BPD (e.g. Antipsychotics can help some of the congnitive symptoms). Yes, mood stabilizers are indeed sometimes prescribed to help with some ...Read more

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Janice

I am aware. However, I thank you for your unsolicited input.

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Eve

Oh, and an even deeper thank you for providing your services free of charge when you must be a highly qualified psychiatrist to be both diagnosing and recommending medication to this woman.

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Eve

And I thank you for your unsolicited bitchy reply :)

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Peter

this person has BPD much more intensely than my ex-wife did. it's a sympathetic portrait, but please always remember that there are others on the receiving end, and their feelings are just as substantial.

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Eve

If you are on the receiving end of behavior you don't like, then you can choose to leave (as it appears you did). If you chose to stay while she was being abusive or whatever (which, by the way, isn't a symptom of BPD), then that is your fault. IF you want to try and perpuate a harmful ...Read more

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Keith

Regina has reached a level of wisdom, that seems to me, to be reduced to superfluidity: "What would my death mean, if it didn't mean anything to others...". Well it would mean something to herself. And that has opened something of beauty, I hope.

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Keith

I think this film is superb. The psychodrama between the two women on the voyage to Dr, Gunderson's, especially of the interplay between them in the car, and the enactments between them at the restaurant, exemplifies what it is so difficult for them, both. Its almost as if the unconscious ...Read more

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Keith

I am enjoying this doco, in part, because it is well made and has the pacing to follow this woman's chaotic mood fluctuations, and because I self diagnosed with BPD when I was 27, in a therapy session with my psychiatrist/analyst. We decided that NO medication was the was to proceed. I'm now ...Read more

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Eve

It's actually no longer considered to be accurate to describe BPD as 'on the border of deep neuroticism, and the edge of short term psychosis'. That is where the name originally came from, but for a number of years now, it's been commonly accepted to not be accurate, which is partly why they ...Read more

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Keith

Hi Eve,

Yes I'm aware of the confusion that the DSM V has created ; just look at their weird categorization of Body Identity Disorder, for instance. This has led to a burgeoning industry for misdiagnosing children with "Trans-gender", issues, which is going to create fertile ground ...Read more

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Eve

ok, I'm not entirely sure what most of the points are that you are trying to make, but again, my main point is that yout comment that ''Borderline pathology is "borderline", as one lives, very much, on the border of deep neuroticism, and the edge of short term psychosis'', is widely ...Read more

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Keith

Sorry Eve, I forgot to address this, which I think you were referring to in my post [?]

Facing the pain that has left a person unable to feel where their body is in space, or, how they're left between not being able to think, or, feel, without terrors of immense emptiness, bur also ...Read more

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Keith

Your point s are valid for you, and that's fine. I have read an enormous amount on BPD over the last 25 years, and it seems that our respective approaches differ, and that's fine. My treatment follows what the person brings to the session, and my summarizing, whether I can work with this ...Read more

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dawn

Keith,

Thanks for sharing. Mindfulness tends to play a significant role in treating many mental health disorders, as you likely know. I am glad to know you have found contentment! I wonder if you've read the buddha & the borderline ...

Best,

Dawn

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Keith

Dear Dawn, it's only taken 2,500 years for the West to discover mindfulness, and now you can't read anything else, which doesn't subscribe to the entanglements of "mindfulness". I haven't read the book in question, but I have read many others as I was conducting research towards a PhD ; ...Read more

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dawn

Keith,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I didn't know that those diagnosed with BPD tend to level out in their 40s; thanks for sharing that. I'm curious if that has to do with changes in the brain around that time? Or is it that that reflects how long it can take for ...Read more

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Keith

Dear Dawn,
Thank you for the kind comments. Perhaps, the best way to describe further my comments regarding 'depth meditation' would go something along these lines ; Depending on the level of integration of the sense of self that the person has, seen in terms of both insight regarding ...Read more

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Marlys

I have only watched two of these documentaries so far, Borderline and That Way Madness lies, andI found both to be startlingly original, moving, and instructive works. They deserve far wider availability and I look forward to exploring many of more of those. What a huge library service to ...Read more

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Peter

it is a great service, but i'm about to lose it < : (

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Janice

Why?