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A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby Quoth » Fri May 18, 2018 4:30 am

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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby perejil » Fri May 18, 2018 5:35 am

I'm okay with the term 'borderline'.

The stigma is in people's minds, not in the name.
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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby rainbow_sprinkles » Fri May 18, 2018 9:12 pm

perejil wrote:I'm okay with the term 'borderline'.

The stigma is in people's minds, not in the name.


agreed. the disorder would still be stigmatized regardless of what they call it.
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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby perejil » Sat May 19, 2018 3:45 am

rainbow_sprinkles wrote:the disorder would still be stigmatized regardless of what they call it.


Hmmmmmm.

I admit I don't get around mental health circles much, but the only place I've ever seen it really stigmatized is on these boards.
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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby blackandwhiterainbow » Sat May 19, 2018 10:20 am

Quoth wrote:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28347146

Opinions?

1/People who stigmatize are probably the same who are too stupid/ignorant to understand what's a PSTD and how it works anyway
2/ Does it apply to every person diagnosed with BPD?
3/ I like the effort though
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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby Elastic Heart » Mon May 21, 2018 3:45 pm

Where I'm from, they call it 'Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder'. Honestly I find that a lot more stigmatizing than Borderline. I've also heard 'Emotional Dysregulation' and that pisses me off in a way. It's not just about emotions for me. It's so much more complex than that. It's so much more painful. I don't really see the point in re-naming it to complex PTSD either.

Of the suggested names I've heard, borderline fits the best in my opinion. That's what it feels like, to be bordering... well, everything. To always walk on a thin line. To be everything and nothing at the same time. It's not the name that causes the stigma.
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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby rainbow_sprinkles » Mon May 21, 2018 6:07 pm

perejil wrote:
rainbow_sprinkles wrote:the disorder would still be stigmatized regardless of what they call it.


Hmmmmmm.

I admit I don't get around mental health circles much, but the only place I've ever seen it really stigmatized is on these boards.


as a person with BPD, who runs a support group for people with BPD, has had many friends as well as partners with BPD, have advocated for people with BPD, gone to psych appointments with people with BPD, so on and so forth, it is absolutely NOT just this forum. it has long been stigmatized, even/especially within the mental health system. older workers who are still stuck in old beliefs about the disorder still think people won't want to work with us and the horror stories I hear regularly about the treatment received in hospitals.... you don't even want to know. I once had an older gentleman doctor tell me that if people saw my diagnosis on my chart that they wouldn't want to work with me. it's slowly getting better, I even had one woman, younger, tell me that BPD is a great diagnosis to have because it's completely treatable. so things are changing but it's an extremely slow process.
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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby Hmm » Thu May 31, 2018 10:19 am

Well this is interesting, and along the lines of what I came online to post about....
I've been diagnosed with CPTSD for something like 5 years and accept it and understand it. At recent meeting I had with a CPN she of handedly mentioned I apparently have a diagnosis of BPD and I've been feeling dead screwed up about it since, for many reasons, but mostly because the stigma that comes with it....

Never considered the two could be used interchangeable....
Although, I prefer CPTSD as it has more of an explanation to the average Joe that I'm not an arsehole, especially being of the quite borderline type I don't feel BPD fit at all, and will refuse it (quietly of course :wink: :lol: ) until it's clearly defined and the whole umbrella is less stigmatised.

Thank you for sharing x
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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby Dandilion » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:53 pm

I think CPTSd and BPD are not the same but have so much overlap that if you have CPTSD diagnosis you may well fit the BPD or EUPD criteria as well.
I think it’s possible to have BPD in the absence of a significant trauma ( though I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t). CPTSD can only apply if there have been multiple traumatic events. If it’s a one off they’ll call it PTSD.
Ps I only know all this coz they went over it at some training I attended last Tuesday. I’m not a know all - Honest!
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Re: A less stigmatised term for BPD

Postby cutecactus » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:50 pm


Stigma doesn't come out of nowhere, whether it's fair or not. Give it another name and once people realize it's just that, another name for the same thing, it will be just as stigmatized.
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