Borderline Personality Disorder & Bipolar Disorder

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abituntrusting
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   Posted 10/29/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder for a year.
I began accepting these conditions as a part of me and have lived with them, but with time I am increasingly worried and feeling that I am letting these conditions get the best of me. I live in Texas. Does anyone have any advice or info on support groups, group therapy, and free or cheap counseling or therapy?
Any advice would help.
Thank you in advance.

serafena
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   Posted 10/29/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi abituntrusting,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar board.

Let me ask you, are you being treated with medications for these conditions? Taht would be my first step to loosening their hold over me. I know it feels awful to have to take the meds, but it's so much better than the alternative -- once you find one that works.

For cheap counseling, I would recommend seeking out my local mental health clinic. They often offer services on a sliding scale. Also, you might look into a support group session through Depression and Bipolar Alliance or the National Alliance on Mental Illness. These are usually free.

Good luck,
serafena
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


stella_blues
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   Posted 11/3/2009 2:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same Dx as you.

Borderline Personality Disorder is notoriously hard to treat. Anti-depressants and mood disorder drugs have unpredictable results in someone with BPD. And one-to-one therapy often exacerbates symptoms of depression and OCD b/c of the social dysfunction (attachment disorder) that's inherant with BPD. That's been very true for me. I need to avoid "talk" therapy b/c it's brought me to severe suicidality in the past. Not that it would for you, just that it's a common problem for BPD patients.

The most effective help proven for BPD has been Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This focus' on the "here and now" of the disorder- on the nuts and bolts of why it makes a person act the way they do. So it teaches you to recognize your symptoms, integrate the rational and emotional minds, so that you can manage your reactions and behaviors with a "wise mind." I've found it to be VERY useful. People with BPD must use a special thought process to get through various situations in life successfully. The skills we've learned in life don't work for us. So we need to re-learn new coping skills- to learn how to break things down to small, manageable chunks.

I attend a once weekly DBT group class and once weekly individual DBT. You might want to do a web search on the topic of DBT. Classes are pretty much everywhere. I live in a very remote rural area and still found a class within half an hour of me. I highly recommend it. I have to pay for DBT class and therapy out of pocket, but like Serarena mentioned, I'm on a sliding scale b/c of my low income. So I pay $42 per class and $25 per individual session. Still, it's vetry expensive for me- but it's important. And I realize I require the support and skills. How much is my mental health worth? Certainly at least $70 bucks a week. Even if I have to give up other things to afford it.

Good luck to you.
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