Now I’ve known for a long time that I have PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but it’s only in the last year that I found out there were two types and that typically, I have the complex version. Sigh! PTSD is what most people associate with returning war veterans and others, who are more… Read More Complex PTSD
Why am I alive? Choice? Not yet. I am alive because I am under orders to stay alive. TRIGGER WARNING: That is going to sound strange to a lot of people; this is a switch. I have been programmed NOT to stay alive. This is so deeply ingrained in me, that these current counter orders… Read More Alive under orders
Who is my enemy? My enemy is within. TRIGGER WARNING – Mentions of self-harm and suicidality. When I first came out and told people I had BPD, everyone was surprised. Because I am seen as strong. I am seen as a coper. I am seen as capable. I have always been able to stand up… Read More Learning to love your enemy
Social isolation. This is such a huge issue for anyone with a mental illness. You are shunned for your difference. You don’t even need to say what is wrong with you. Your distinction is noted; maybe you can’t hold eye contact or perhaps like me, you need too much eye contact; you possibly don’t say… Read More Social isolation: A killer
In an earlier article, I mentioned writing a death impact statement. Listing those you know and what affect your suicide would have upon them. Below is what I wrote a few weeks ago, when I was drowning in darkness. This is an example of the way our thoughts become warped during depressive episodes. So far,… Read More Death impact exercise
Suicide. Tough discussion right? Depression and BPD are potentially fatal. I don’t know the stats for suicide with depression but one in ten – that’s 10% of BPD sufferers successfully take their own lives. A frightening statistic eh? What’s scary with BPD is that you can be fine one moment, going about your daily business… Read More Suicide: How to make a plan to not kill yourself
Well if you are into the cold, harsh, clinical definitions check out the official diagnostic criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder below. Doesn’t really sound that great from a lay person’s perspective, does it? And trust me, as a sufferer it’s horrible to recognise yourself in this. The diagnostic criteria are so dehumanising, and as someone… Read More Borderline Personality Disorder: What is it?