I had symptons of BPD at 15 or 16 years of age but the doctors didn't know about it then (in the 50's). I first attempted suicide when I was 9 years old and that was not taken seriously. I have had 3 attempts at suicide over the past 61 years - I'm now 68 and my BPD has intensified with age. Meds, therapy, psychiatrists with differing opinions - ask 6 medical professionals and I get 6 different answers - so I've had to do my own research to put the jigsaw pieces together: BPD, Alcholism, PTSD and long term depression (dysthymic) with the occasional major depression thrown in to drown me. I've been sober for 27 years and that's been very difficult. Suicide is more of an option these days than picking up a drink. Mental illness is a stigma herein Australia then add alcoholism to mental illess and you have a recipe for disaster. I'm sure that had I been diagnosed properly years ago, I would be able to monitor this disorder but I feel it's too late now and my BPD has been exacerbated by the suicide of my partner, 3 months ago. I don't believe that BPD dimishes with age. In fact, it intensifies, especially as it has never been properly assessed by the medical profession, even after hospitalisations for major depression unresponsive to medication. I would have thought the professionals would put two and two togther and come up with a "mood disorder" and put me on a mood stabiliser. Perhaps the US doctors are more astute than they are here in Australia!
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