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To anyone with Borderline Personality Disorder: What was the diagnostic process like? Have you achieved remission? How?

Personal experiences or professionals, please.

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I can tell you about a friends wife so I hope this helps. She apparently had a rough childhood and learned to protect herself and her feelings by keeping them to herself and in doing so, internalized her feelings in a not so good way. I think in her teen years she began self-medicating with drugs and alcohol (always a red flag, but doing this doesn't mean there has been a bad childhood ). Then throughout the years she still drank but hid it from her family for 25 years. Then I think all of these memories started coming to the surface more and she began to "doctor shop"'for pain medication which she was mixing with the alcohol. Things went bad to worse(she had a really nice family) and her husband admitted her for treatment. The doctors said she needed extensive treatment kong term somewhere in Florida. There the doctors out her on meds and then diagnosed her. She had to get off all abusive meds. Her husband looked and looked and found a woman therapist who specialized in this field. (more in comments)

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So began a 5 year long journey of therapy and it worked. She's doing great today. She does have a lot of physical problems from the alcohol abuse she hid and developed Hepatitis C from the drug use as a teen. I'm not sure of what medications she took or takes but the main key was finding a woman therapist who's specialty was this type of problem. I hope this helps in some way.
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It's just nice to hear stories about people going through similar things. It seems I'm still a social creature, even if I'm Avoidant :D
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Yes you are still social if you came on here to ask a question. When I joined 10 months ago I was very shy and this site has helped me become better at that and I hope it to be a stepping stone to getting out from avoidance issues. Either that or I'm just so dang tired from NOT avoiding things and I need a break from all the drama. Who knows which it is ha ha I would encourage you to joins more in this site and make some aquaintences. Just what for a while and answer easy questions and it can be a lot of fun.
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I think everyone has borderline personality disorder. That's just a catch all diagnosis professionals use when you don't fit neatly into their View of normal. It keeps food on their tables though. Maybe have a chat with a few different counselors gets some different opinions. Then fix yourself.

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How did you arrive at that opinion? I find it hard to agree because there are measurable differences in brain function in people with BPD.
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As I said its a catch all. Their could be other causes.
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I'm still very curious how you arrived at the opinion that it's a catch all. Have you studied psychology?
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Enough to know its an inexact science leaving much up to interpretation
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This is indeed true of every science. Thank you for your opinion.
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Tricky question. If you're concerned that you exhibit the characteristics get an actual diagnosis before you jump to conclusions and remission concerns (if there is such a thing). If you think a love one is borderline, before you label them talk to a therapist for yourself. Sometimes people are just plain assholes and not borderline at all. A therapist will help you sort out what's best for you.

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I'm seeing a psychotherapist, but not very often because it's so expensive and I have no insurance. I'm curious what others have experienced (as I said in my question), but thank you for your advice.
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Groups can be inexpensive if not free. When something happens or you think, do, or say something that triggers your thought that you're borderline recognize the click in your head. Later when the moment has passed write down the trigger. There are TONS of groups out there. Good therapy happens in many forms. One on one is just one example.

Go slow. Don't beat yourself up. First step done and another has begun.

Keep going.
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I haven't thought about groups! It would be really nice to be around other people who have the same problems. It seems most people (like my mom) believe I'm just spoiled or lazy, and it hurts! Thank you, really.
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I forgot to put that knowing the trigger can help you find the group that's best for you. Your psychiatrist can also recommend one.

You'll be ok. Hang in there.
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