ajrocker8 wrote:You're right, it's an exaggeration, but every woman I've ever known who has ever been either in a hospital or in any kind of mental health treatment, they all said that their doctor or therapist called them a borderline. And there is in fact a lot of evidence that it is notoriously overdiagnosed in women, that is a fact.
Too tired to argue, but I'll write this quickly and bid you goodnight.
Please show me the evidence
that BPD is "notoriously overdiagnosed" in women. There isn't anything that equivocally
states that this is truth. I can argue this point because I've done (albeit highly limited, in the sense that I don't have a Masters in the history of psychiatry) a small enough amount of research in this field to know that the evidence for either argument
is simply not there.
Yes, BPD is seen a lot
in women. Suspiciously so. But sadly, we must also consider, with respect to epistemology, there may
be good reason for it. It may be over-diagnosed. But what your statement, and this entire thread, is actually pointing to are some of the oldest (and most heatedly contested) arguments in the field of critical medical anthropology and sociology:
- Is mental illness really on the rise? Or are we just diagnosing it more?
- Are there really differences between the genders? Or is there simply prejudiced patriarchy inherent within the psychiatric field?
So I wonder if your statement perhaps needs to be re-viewed in the lens of those fields of inquiry -- is
BPD "notoriously" overdiagnosed in women -- is it simply patriarchy? Or are more women than men simply developing this PD more -- due to biopsychosocial and cultural factors? Are we just diagnosing it less in men, because we are unwilling to label them with a "female" disease? Or none of the above, at all?
I am merely begging restraint, and a critical eye.
Thanks for the wonderful discussion.