I think I have bpd, I have symptoms of a lot of mental illnesses but my psychologist doesn’t want to “label” me. I’m suicidal and my gp and camhs are frustrated i’m not improving.
Thank you for your message.
I’m so sorry to hear what you’re going through. I’ve been diagnosed with BPD which was a revelation because I’d never heard of the disorder before the diagnosis. I felt a mix of emotions including anger and relief. Being diagnosed is a process and feels like an uphill battle but stick with it. Even though it may not feel like it, you’re in a powerful position because you already know about the disorder.
It’s been a few years and I still haven’t received therapy for BPD (we’re working on this!). I have however, watched a lot of Youtubers such as Dr Fox and Kati Morton, as well as online DBT self-help which have helped me understand how BPD affects thinking, and how to reduce the intensity of thoughts and emotions over time. If you don’t feel like your mental health professional understands you, you have every right to ask to speak with someone else.
Moreover, even if they aren’t specifically trained in BPD, many have backgrounds in other challenges such as anxiety. When anxiety is more controlled, you have the space to notice the BPD patterns and look into adapting these.
You could also book a free initial consultation session witha mental health professional, to speak about these challenges and we will provide you with more specific resources, as well as supporting you through your journey.