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Old 03-29-11, 01:56 PM   #1
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Apparently I have Borderline Personality Disorder.

It feels weird to have such a diagnosis - partly because I wasn't expecting a diagnosis at all. I just thought that everyone more or less feels the way I feel and they're just better at dealing with it. It also feels weird because it doesnt feel like me, from what I've read. I'm not bad at relationships, I'm not flighty and non-committal, I'm not irresponsible, I'm not manipulative. I feel a little threatened by the diagnosis honestly. Like my feelings are not legitimate. I don't know.

How do you all deal with getting a diagnosis? It feels with this one that I'm not just ill, it's my whole "personality" that is "wrong"... But I don't know any other way to live. I like my feelings.. like the fact that I have any in the first place and that I can count on them, more or less. I feel very.. confused right now. I feel like ... if maybe more people felt like I did, we wouldn't be hurting each other so much.
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They took a few personality disorders out of the DSM recently (like the last few months recent). Meaning that they are no longer things psychologists are supposed to be diagnosing. I thought BPD was among the ones removed, but maybe not.

Psychology is really a best guess at why some people act differently. If your diagnosis doesn’t seem to fit you, you could get another opinion.
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I did check if BPD still existed. It does exist as a diagnosis but only has been renamed to something like Emotionally Unstable Personality (or something utterly inconsequential).

I will spend a little time thinking about all of this.. I was just wondering if it is a common response to feel as though diagnosis is extra weight you have to drag around or something.
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for some it is a relief to have a diagnosis, but human beings are not stuck at being anything. A diagnosis is not always correct, and even if correct, not always forever. Best not to worry. Every day will bring something different and a new perspective.
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I did check if BPD still existed. It does exist as a diagnosis but only has been renamed to something like Emotionally Unstable Personality (or something utterly inconsequential).
This is true, this is also what confused me when i went through my psychologists private notes on me. He uses the terms emotionally unstable personality disorder along with others that have seem to be changed too.
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Greatestpossiblehappiness: As long as psychology doesn't make actual ASSUMPTIONS And is about the patient's thoughts and feelings, it's not just a guess. :)

Jag: I don't know about the others, but manipulative isn't even one of the criteria for BPD. Not even one of the official listed symptoms/signs. I'm also BPD and I'm not manipulative either. Most if not all of the listed symptoms and signs are about thoughts and feelings and things that happened to you in your life.


I have also felt that I'm not ill, that I just have a wrong personality. I had to logically and intellectually figure out that it wasn't so before I could intuitively believe it. Part of me still thinks/knows that a part of me might just be wrong, and after all, one shouldn't even be ashamed of that part, because it is just you needing help again.

I've also felt that my feelings are not or are not seen as legitimate. "Oh, it's just this THING IN YOUR HEAD that's talking, not you!" That thing in your head is and is not you. Or it's all you, except for the black emptiness that is just there that you can get rid of.
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