Autobiographical Posts / Mental Health

Borderline Personality Disorder – getting a diagnosis

Black Dog TribeThis is just a short post to let you know about a piece I wrote recently for Black Dog Tribe, a website launched last year by comedian Ruby Wax with the aim of providing a sympathetic user-generated community for those affected by mental health issues.

Websites like Black Dog Tribe have an important role to play in overturning the stigma surrounding the subject, raising awareness and giving contact details for those seeking help.

I hope you’ll take a minute to click over and visit, maybe have a browse around…

At 26 I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I‘d been treated for depression since the age of 15, but had never found relief. I first spoke to my family doctor about it when I was 15, but it started when I was around 12. I experienced regular, crashing mood-swings, so intense they altered my perception of the world around me. It was impossible to stabilise myself as everything shifted so radically. It was like being tossed about in heaving seas with no buoy to cling to. I could feel the fog descend as I entered an episode and my heart would be gripped by fear…

You can find the rest of the piece here: Coming in from the Cold

Related Links:

Social networking can lighten the darkness of depression – The Guardian

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