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1st May 2014 today! It’s BPD awareness month! Borderline Personality Disorder and Stigma

Titus and Molly together

Titus and Molly together in harmony like we should be – BEAT THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS!

Happy May! My favourite month of the year! May is BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) awareness month, so I thought I would kick off with a journal entry from 2009 which highlights some of the difficulties I faced when in the depths of despair of full on BPD. If you haven’t read it, then it will help you to understand a little of what it can be like. PLEASE CLICK HERE AND MY BPD JOURNAL WILL OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW I have written a lot about BPD on my site, and in my memoirs, so please take a look round my blog.

Awareness days, weeks or months are great as they give us a chance to share the knowledge of certain illnesses, and BPD is not as well known as Schizophrenia, Bipolar or depression. That makes it even more important to spread the word and educate people.

BPD statistics: Borderline Personality Disorder accounts for 20% of psychiatric hospitalisations, 2% of the population have it and out of that 2%, 10% go on to commit suicide.  Now that is a disorder we need to know about!  It could happen to someone you know, cause great distress and patients can be either in denial or not diagnosed.  It always helps if we can look out for symptoms in those we care about. That is all for now, as I do not want to repeat myself from what I have already written but I will talk about stigma…

Stigma can come in the guise of bullying, but can also just be an individual not understanding someone else’s mental illness and avoiding them or invalidating them.  It comes in so many more forms than that, and is usually borne from lack of understanding, lack of knowledge or ignorance, but whatever way it is delivered, it is always destructive.  Think before you act, and learn before you judge.

No-one wants to be mentally ill any more than a person wants to have a physical illness. We can empathise with illnesses or adversities we understand or can see, such as cancer, Parkinson’s or an amputated limb, because we can imagine what it is like. If you do not have a mental illness, then the only way you will begin to understand those who do, is by finding out what it feels like, how the mind can work for those people, and why they might do the things they do.

Take care, Amanda 🙂

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