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Old 01-17-11, 03:26 PM   #1
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So I'm new to this site. I've finally decided to seek help after years of being unsure that I actually have a problem. I guess that's a start. I think I may have Borderline Personality Disorder. I know you're not supposed to try to diagnose yourself, but I'm convinced. It all makes sense. Reading about it makes me feel less crazy..like I'm not alone. I'm planning on going back to therapy. I stopped going about a year ago when I began to feel better. My doctor diagnosed me with "mild depression". Mild? I don't think so. Do people with "mild depression" ever want to off themselves? I often weigh the pros and cons of going through with it. The thought doesn't even make me uncomfortable anymore. I've become almost completely desensitized. I used to self-mutilate. I guilted myself out of it recently. I can talk myself out of it by asking myself, "What would mom think? What would dad think?" That usually works.

I guess what I'm asking is..what should I do now? Do I tell my doctor that I think I have BPD? Or will he/she not take my theory into consideration because you're not really supposed to diagnose yourself?
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Old 01-18-11, 11:20 AM   #2
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Hi BriD413...Welcome to TTL

Your doctor can't help you unless your completely honest with them and tell them how you feel. I'm sure your doctor will want to make their own diagnoses, but tell them what you suspect and why.
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Agreed. You need to be sure you have a doctor or therapist you feel entirely comfortable with and then don't hold back--tell them everything--and allow them to do their job of diagnosing you. I think a kind doctor will listen to your fears about having BPD, but again, will want to diagnose you themselves, since that's what they are trained to do!
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