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1/ In honor of #bpdawarenessmonth, here is a thread that gives you a general historical overview of #BPD, current conceptualizations, diagnostic criteria, and experience-near descriptions & recommendations for the individual w/BPD & those they have close relationships with.
2/ This is a lofty goal & I don't know how far I will get in one sitting but bear with me. While the history of BPD as a diagnostic category can be traced to historical precursor syndromes as documented by many I'm sure, I think most salient as an influence on the construct is 2/
the Freudian/psychodynamic conception of mental functioning as existing on a continuum from neurotic (healthy) to borderline (as in on the border between neurosis & psychosis) to psychotic. It was viewed as severe pathology but with generally intact reality testing, 3/
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Someone with a diagnosis of BPD, is NOT a bad person. Here’s why ( a 🧵) -

There are 9 ‘symptoms’ of BPD; briefly, they are- a fear of abandonment/rejection, paranoia, intense emotions, impulsivity, limited sense of ‘self’, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, anger, and feeling empty
To receive a diagnosis, you have to reach a criteria of 5/9 ‘symptoms’.

That means there are OVER 200 possible presentations of BPD.

BPD can be seen as a ‘spectrum’ - you can have all 9 symptoms, or just 5. Or even 3 or 4 and be told you have ‘traits’ of BPD.
With over 200 possible variations, everyone who has BPD experiences it differently. For me, I felt lost & scared in the world, and unable to cope with those feelings, I turned to self harm and then suicide. I couldn’t communicate my distress, so acted my needs out via self harm.
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I have a theory about narcissists that I call Ring Theory. My theory is that empathy is not present at certain levels of emotional closeness as a protection, but it can be present at safe shallow levels. Is there a thing, is there a name for this? #PersonalityDisorder #BPD #NPD
An example of the Ring Theory: hearing someone lost their job, you’d feel bad for them because that sucks. You empathize and know the consequences. You feel this regardless of if anyone is there or not. If the person comes to you to vent, you listen and feel bad for them. But…
If the person comes to you with an emotional problem about an abusive spouse, or something you personally did to hurt them, you are unable to empathize. You click into NPD mode and feel bad for yourself instead of for them.
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The Anatomy of a Borderline Personality Disorder #BPD Meltdown (and what you can try to help the person you love 💕)

A Shareable Thread 🪡🧵 1/15
The Trigger: you mostly won't understand why it's happened. 😕 Something happened though and the sick person has had a switch flicked. An electrical brain circuit has been catalysed and without the ability to emotionally regulate, the first domino topples. 2/15
The sick person quickly stops being able to process information. They may appear capable. They may seem to be hearing and responding but you can see or hear the crisis unfolding & escalating in front of you. No matter what you do it doesn't diminish and snowballs instead. 3/15
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My executive function has been a real challenge all my life. In my 20s, I managed to get things done purely by force of enthusiasm and idk a certain inherent buoyancy.
But ever since i can remember, I've never known how to prioritise properly, how much attention to give to +
What and how to organise my thoughts or my things in a way that would allow me easy access.

I was the girl who lost her wallet, keys, books, earrings, cards - basically everything - a minimum of four times a year.

Everyone who knew me was sick of crisis that would follow +
I'm 42, been in therapy for my #BPD, which really attacks executive function, for 7+ years in and off, of which last 3 have been stable and regular.

Two months ago, one of my kids, i don't recall which, came to me asking for something while i cooked. I gave exact
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This is outside of the box but I believe we aren't far from BPD being brought underneath the #ActuallyAutistic umbrella. Are you #autistic? You've all embraced #ADHD, it's now time to include #BPD siblings in that mix. We are stronger together.

Here's a link to my thread on meltdowns - this is really helpful information for those who don't understand why they have meltdowns and for carers/partners of sufferers who want to understand better 💖

Here is a short thread on the importance of musculoskeletal care when you have #BPD

Everyone on the pilates train to Self-Care Central 🥰✨🚂🚃🚃🚃

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BPD - what is it? A handy guide:

Typically major symptom is emotional dysregulation - which means feeling emotions at 150%-200%. But paradoxically folk with BPD struggle to define the feeling they are feeling..

Also typical - complete lack of self worth. Worthlessness. But how?
It's trauma. Chronic trauma (typically childhood) combined with parents either absent or ill equipped to support their child. Sexual abuse is common. This can lead to a child developing a heightened sense of parent's emotions to avoid negative consequences - becoming an "empath".
Diagnosis is typically a long road - the industry avoids these patients and will go so far as to avoid mentioning traits in notes in an effort to shield the patient from said stigma - ultimately unhelpful. BPD folk like to 'woo' healthcare providers as another major symptom is...
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Thank you all for holding space and sharing your stories. We are not alone in the trauma that we have dealt with, the impacts are not just on our academic career - it could be emotional too. My self esteem has been low & it stays there, all of the ableism almost confirms
not having as much value, maybe I deserved it, and I could be at blame since I am the common denominator in all the abuse. It is like being who I am is not okay and that is not okay. This society is toxic to exist as a disabled person compounding onto whatever we each manage 2/
every day for our health. I am the one who will go out of my way to support others and I have. I am CEO and co-founder here, I am a founder of @JADEdisjustice, a board member with @HealthAdvocateX, a social media manager for @academicvoices, co-founder of @dismhmatters, and
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Happy Saturday, beloved family! I hope your weekend has been off to an excellent start! 🌅☀️❤️
Our focus text for today, comes to us from Romans chapter 8, which focuses on life in the Spirit.

In verse 1, we have THE blessed assurance from God, that there is indeed NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.
To be “in Christ Jesus” means that He dwells within us, & us within Him. We are ONE.
So, by sending His own son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins, God made sure that there is NO CONDEMNATION for us.
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Blessed Friyay morning to you all, beloved children of God! 🌅☀️❤️
Our focus today will be within 1st John , chapter 3. This chapter deals EXCLUSIVELY with our identities as children of God. We are encouraged to strive to be a people of ethical integrity & to live a life that is reflective of our spiritual identity.
In verse 20, we are reminded of the truth that God is actually GREATER THAN OUR HEART. People of God, this is a quite profound assertion! 🤯🤯🤯
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I SO respect & appreciate @ZJAyres sharing this today. There is ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY nothing wrong with taking medication to improve your #mentalhealth . I used to be vehemently opposed to taking psychotropic medication…
because of stigma & my Christian upbringing. NOW, based on my own lived experiences & through seeking out EXTENSIVE knowledge in the #mentalhealth space, I have a VERY different view of #mentalhealth & medications than most followers of Christ do.
Here’s the thing. Often times, people NEED medication to bring back the levels of their brain chemicals to where it needs to be. And that’s totally OK. Everyone’s condition is a little bit different.
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1. The #BPD label & diagnosis: a thread. At this years #BIGSPD21 Ian & @JaneCannonMBE gave a presentation describing the experience of losing both of their teenage twin daughters to suicide. She & her husband have campaigned for young people to be able to be diagnosed with #BPD >
2. to be able to access appropriate services. Their daughters Chris & Sam were constantly being told that because their problem was not an ‘illness’ that could be medicated, they could not access any treatment. Both had all of the main symptoms that fit a #BPD diagnosis & >
3. struggled to manage the emotional turmoil they felt with self harm & suicide attempts. The interesting thing is they both wanted the diagnosis in order to be able to access services. They both rejected the idea of services for trauma and instead wanted ones that were for >
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1. What people refer to as ‘personality disorder’ in terms of ‘emotional dysregulation’ is interesting. Rather than dysregulation, I’ve noticed a lot of people appear to have a highly sensitive, finely tuned reception to other people’s emotional communication. Not everyone of >
2. course, that would be a massive generalisation. But a lot of people can sense or have intuition of when something feels wrong, or a persons mood is good or bad. Much is likely to have come from early childhood experiences where this skill kept some people safe. It’s less of >
3. a mystical power, more of a supernatural skill that has been developed. But it doesn’t mean that the emotional communication your highly sensitive instrument can be read or interpreted accurately. The emotional data given by the other person when learning the skills as a >
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My 1906 Steinway Model O - this was my Great Aunts/ (fairy) God Mothers - somehow gratefully came into my world circa 2015 - its arrival actually contributed to the major BP1 High I had that year (pictured) which got me diagnosed -3 decades of intense suffering too late but hey🥰 Image
Attempting to arrange its arrival single handedly was an unmitigated tragi/comedy disaster, which is kind of the norm I've come to expect as someone with brain damage to the frontal cortex executive organising part of the brain.
You don't want the gory details of the wake of destruction & demolition that resulted in this 6'6 grand piano entering my living roof. Suffice to say I needed a jobbing builder, in all 3 times.......
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Let’s talk about #RejectionSensitiveDysphoria or #RSD (a thread). Or better, let’s have @squishdivergent tell you in this excellent article:…
RSD is not a disorder or diagnosis. It is a phenomenon that happens to people with a long history of being invalidated and rejected, people with #complexTrauma, people with certain #mentalHealth conditions, or people with a neurological predisposition. Black background with rainb...
RSD is common among #Neurodivergent folk, especially for #ADHDers, and can be a result of wiring and a history of being rejected. (Alt text added to images) Image description: On a bla...
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It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay - a day that #MentalHealth activists love to hate, because hey, it’s not all light at the end of the tunnel (yay Recovery 🙄) & it’s not just one day of the year. But sod it, here’s a pictorial compilation for you. Bonus points if u get to the end 1/25
2/25 Meds. Love them or loathe them, they are a daily reality for many of us. Big Pharma makes a lot off us Mentals. Did you know that my most debilitating diagnosis can’t be medicated? But all the others equate to 13 tablets a day, plus any extras on PRN #WorldMentalHealthDay
3/25 I’ve never, ever, ever been able to maintain taking meds regularly. But I do now. The Hubster wakes me up with a coffee, toast and meds. But having a caring, loving person in my helps me more than any meds. Sadly not available on prescription for us all #WorldMentalHealthDay
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Correlation is not causality. Also, substance abuse is a category all by itself and like other conditions, very often there are comorbid conditions. #Depression is quite often a symptom/accompanies a deeper illness [#BPD, #Bipolar, #SAD/#GAD, #Autism, even psychotic spectrum d/o]
One of the fallouts of the ease w/ which idiots like KR can say anything on serious issues & [mis]influence thousands/millions of minds, will be a general increase in overall ontological & epistemic confusion.

Philosophy spares none, not even those who don't understand it.
As it is there r billions of breathing dead, walking arnd like zombies, unsure of what is real what is not, what is true what is not, what is evil what is not - a dark fog of not knowing anything, not knowing even how to find out. Confused, whimsical, dead.

Philosophical decay.
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Great paper by @HelenaRoennfel2 and @DrLouiseByrne on senior staff's understanding of #livedexperience workforce issues:…

I particularly ❤️ Sam:

"...But you know just saying ‘you’re not recovered enough to do this job’ is a load of bullshit." (Sam)
"The ambiguity in this study reinforces the need for greater consensus in defining and determining relevant lived experience in the context of designated roles."

As someone who has previously been responsible for recruiting peer workers, I was less interested in what... 1/2
...experiences they had had, and more interested in what they had learnt from those experiences that might help them to connect with and support others, especially their capacity to work with people who may have different experiences and worldviews to their own. 2/2
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Definitely Borderline Personality Disorder, definitely!
She shows all the major symptoms of BPD.
Also,the events she spoke about wrt her childhood - perhaps the roots lie there [trauma]. Partly. Rest could be a mix of genetic [see sister for example], perinatal and environmental.
The other possibility,a low one,is Munchausen Syndrome. But if someone could do a deeper investigation,their first hypothesis,most likely,would be BPD. Looks a classic text-book case right there. Coupled with poor Self-Awrns. And there are co-morbidities too,as is often the case
Trouble is, those afflicted by #BPD also show 2 more signs:
1. Strong dogmatic superficially cognized views - delusionally dogmatic at that
2. Very poor acceptance of their own dysfunctionality/ condition.
Also, toughest to deal with, even for professionals, family and loved ones Image
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"Mandatory mask wearing over 15 minutes may increase anxiety level and panic symptoms in #BPD patients."
"In these individuals with bipolar disorder, 5% carbon dioxide strongly stimulated respiratory function and had a potent effect on subjective anxiety."
"The degree of difference in anxiety attributable to carbon dioxide was correlated with the minute ventilation difference between air and carbon dioxide (r=0.71; p<0.05)"
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Today I'd like to talk about Borderline Personality Disorder #bpd & recovery from it.

When I finished She-ra and the Princesses of Power, Catra's redemption hit me hard. And that's when I realized it's because she also exhibited a lot of patterns of BPD. [THREAD + SPOILERS]
So what is Borderline Personality Disorder?

BPD is a mental health disorder that affects self-image, emotional regulation, and relationship management.

It is often diagnosed based on showing at least 5 of the 9 symptoms…
From the get-go, Catra was a difficult character to watch. That's because she exhibits many symptoms of BPD.

- Fear of abandonment
- Unstable relationships
- Shifting self-image
- Impulsive & destructive behaviour
- Feelings of emptiness
- Explosive anger
- Suspicion/paranoia
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I'm a white Muslim.

I've endured;

• My house getting torched, TWICE
• Attacks in the street
• Verbal abuse
• Death threats
• Doxxing
• Getting called a "race traitor, Jihadist" & worse.

Boris Johnson has enabled the above

I am TERRIFIED of a Tory majority government.
2/ I live with daily abuse and threats just because I'm Muslim.

Journalists like @paulhutcheon gaslit me using my mental health condition, #BPD, to "infer" I'm a terrorist.

I got credible death threats due to him, yet the Daily Record DEFENDED it.

Muslims are scapegoated 3
3/ The Tories have a massive #Islamophobia problem.

Because they deflect or deny it, people think they can get away with it too.

From Truro to Inverness, Muslims are facing increased abuse.

All because the Prime Minister and his party have made Islamophobia mainstream.
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@NYTObits writes of John Gunderson: "He was adamant over the years that psychiatric drugs did not help resolve #borderline symptoms." This statement is narrowly true. In lectures, he specified circumstances that warrant the use of a range of medications...
6 months ago, while arguing against widespread use of lamotrigine in #BPD, Gunderson wrote, "Clinical experience has shown that medications can help build an alliance, can relieve states of distress, and can sometimes be helpful for comorbid disorders."…
He spoke of instances when mood stabilizers, #SSRIs, and even antipsychotics might be of use. He spoke out against the overuse of medication but saw a role for judicious use in clinical management.…
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Borderline Personality Disorder aka Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder is one of the most misunderstood, stigmatised & complex mental health diagnoses (Thread) #BPD #EUPD
One could write pages relating to the condition BPD and a layman’s understanding would still be incomplete. For this reason I am going to try and keep it short, simple and concise as I can and explain to you what BPD is to me.
BPD is intense feelings of loneliness & an inability to sit with myself without resorting to poor coping behaviours #BPD #EUPD #MentalHealthAwareness
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