Introducing the Blog, Being BorderlineBorderline personality disorder (BPD) is probably one of the most misunderstood and most stigmatized of mental disorders. Even mental health professionals sometimes have a hard time hiding their disdain for people who have this disorder. Discrimination against people with BPD is rampant.

That’s why I’m pleased to introduce, Being Borderline with Sonia Neale, a long-time Psych Central blogger who approached me about starting this blog.

As Sonia says in her introduction to the blog,

If there is stigma within the general community about mental illness, then there is a special type of stigma within mental health services for people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Often there is a misconception that all people who suffer from BPD are low functioning. In fact, there are some high functioning people in the professional services whom you would not suspect have a BPD diagnosis.

Outward appearances can be very deceiving because with enough stress and pressure their internal thought processes and sense of self and the world can fragment and disintegrate without any external actions or behavior. […]

No two BPD presentations look alike yet we mostly hear described the ‘acting out’ type of BPD presentations. BPD can be perceived as an untreatable, incurable and unrecoverable disorder.

I’m here to tell you that it is not.

Please hop on over and give Sonia a warm welcome to her new blog, Being Borderline.