Timothy Rogers, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist mfc101500
- Let me be the last therapist you see -
Starting within, working in a circle, in a sacred manner,
I heal my self, my relationships, and the world."
- Native American Prayer
The fact of the matter is that BPD covers an extremely broad spectrum of disturbance and symptomatology, ranging from mild symptoms (with relatively high functioning) that are almost undetectable by most untrained (and many trained) observers to severe and chronic dysfunction, debilitation and life-threatening behaviors. BPD is a very real and devastating phenomenon.
BPD to be much more prevalent than presently believed, especially in men (currently about 75% of BPD patients are women) primarily because it can be covered up by the co-occurrence of other disorders, like depression and addiction, while at the same time can mimic and be mistaken for those same "major" mental disorders.
For example, the intense outbursts of rage, impulsivity, and affective instability and reactivity of mood that commonly accompany BPD can look a lot like that other BPD--Bipolar Disorder--and are regularly mistakenly diagnosed as such.
This is a serious and dangerous misdiagnosis, since if the patient is incorrectly perceived to be suffering from Bipolar Disorder, they will be medicated with mood-stabilizing drugs and not be treated at all for Borderline Personality Disorder. And, in my view, this is precisely what is happening more and more frequently to so-called borderline patients: misdiagnosis, mistreatment and misunderstanding.
CELEBRITIES WITH BPD SOME TREATED MOST people are MISDIAGNOSED WITH BI-POLAR DISORDER
Pete Davidson (untreated)