triplemoon18 wrote:ADHD is closely related to BPD, maybe they are seeing how your meds work for managing your ADHD symptoms before they make another diagnosis.
I am borderline and my daughter was diagnosed with Autism at 13 and then last spring, she was diagnosed with ADHD and when her meds were not helping her, then they finally looked at her having BPD.
If you think it is a possibility, you should mention it so you can get the right treatment. They have a lot more out there now than when I was diagnosed at 17.
You're right, I think that's what they're doing since he wanted to take it one med at a time. I assume ADHD was the easiest thing to diagnose in me first, although it's not the biggest issue I have- while I'm grateful that my meds are helping me concentrate I think my mood swings are a blaring issue
Nightfure wrote:The first therapist I ever saw said that she never diagnosed anyone with BPD unless they came to her with the idea of it; something about not wanting to diagnose PDs or something. She also didn't diagnose me, because she thought I was too young (I was 20 at the time), and she didn't like labels.
When I went to my second therapy place, I didn't have to say anything; the woman who screened me into the program said it sounded like I have textbook BPD, and I had mentioned I had thought I had had that for a while. She left a note, and my therapist then diagnosed me officially; my third therapist reaffirmed the diagnosis, but after the second therapist it had already been in my file, I hadn't had to bring it up again.
It just depends mostly on the doctor(s), I think. A ton of them don't like labels and just treat for symptoms; while there is merit in that, personally labels are good so you can come on a forum or help site like here and find where you fit in. You're well within your rights as a patient to ask about diagnoses and whatnot, so bringing it up probably wouldn't hurt.
This is something that surprised me as I started to learn more about mental health professionals. Some people act like you should just walk in and get diagnosed but I quickly learned that's not the case. I'm hearing more and more stories about how lots of doctors just don't think it's very necessary to give you labels (a little hard for me to accept since I like to know things for sure, and I don't think there's any thing wrong with having a diagnosis as long as it's the right one).
Thanks for your help everyone