My counselor brought up an interesting possibility for me at our session this past week; she introduced me to Borderline Personality Disorder. We looked at the DSM-IV, with lists the criteria that needs to be met for being diagnosed with BPD. You have to meet at lease five of the criteria. We talked about them together, and the decision was unanimous-- it appears that I meet 7 of the 9 points for qualifying. I've been researching BPD, because that's what I do when I am faced with a new possibility or problem. It does sound a lot like me-- having no sense of self, having a very black-and-white mentality in relationships, feeling of emptiness and immediate mood swings, impulsive behavior and actions/thoughts of self-harm due to self-loathing. Fortunately, although BPD is not curable and cannot be treated with meds, DBT therapy has been proven to be incredibly effective at helping patients manage their symptoms. My counselor has put me on the waitlist for the next DBT group. Has anyone had any experience with DBT, and if you have and you also have BPD, what was your experience with it and did anyone feel that it really helped? I'm just trying to get a sense of how this type of therapy may help me. Thanks for the input :-)
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