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Bluebay
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/10/2005 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello.  I am bluebay this is my first time writing in.  I went to a support group the other night and I was sharing about my bipolar and what I was going threw at the current moment and one of the ladies there gave me a diagnosis of being boarderline personality disorder.  She was not a doctor or the leader of the group.  After she said it several of the other members of the group also agreed with her.  I no longer feel safe there.  Am I crazy or do I have the right to my feelings.  I was really upset when I left.You can email me at bluebay_26@yahoo.com

psychnurse
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   Posted 9/10/2005 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   

hi, bluebay

I'm sorry you had a bad experience there.  Have you been diagnosed bipolar by a psychiatrist?  What meds are you currently on?

One reason they may have said that about BPD is that most of us BPs are also borderline personality.  I don't really know why, but it seems that many BPs have abusive childhoods and develop the abnormal fear of abandonment aka borderline personality disorder.  It is not a disease, but a personality disorder, and unfortunately, there is no medication for it. 

Let us know how you got diagnosed BP, what happened, whatever you want to share. :-)


Variety is the spice of life, BP is the key


clic
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 9/10/2005 10:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Bluebay

I do not blame you for feeling unsafe. By what you have said, it does seem inappropriate to me and is not conducive to a positive group sharing experience. I can assure you that this is a safe group (by my experiences anyhow) and welcome you to share your story here when you feel comfortable. Just as psychnurse says, BP is a comorbid disorder-all sorts of personality goodies, etc come with it. You are not alone-so sorry you had that negative experience...

Shannon2


kittycat27
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 9/11/2005 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I think ... That maybe what you said to them in group , possibly gave them that impression. I think I am BPD. However either way , they are not docs , they might of been just offering up there opinion. Everyone does not have BPD just becasue they are Bipolar, but it is related. I have researched it . I think not dx I am. Like Shannon said even if you were there is no med for it. I wanted to just learn more about it. I am also sorry you had to experience something like that! It is uneccesary for one to suggest anything, especially in a  key word here support... group . I hope you can share your experiences with us. We are a great bunch of people, who also have BP, if not there are some whose loved ones have BP. I hope you find this beneficial like I did. Welcome to you!! :-)

Bluebay
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   Posted 9/11/2005 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks to all for the replys.  I really did feel that it was a safe place but I guess not.  I was diagnosed in 2000 with bp and with a severe anxiety disorder.  I am on geodon, lamictal, topamax, lexapro, and resperdal.  Right now I am going threw a depression phase.  It is very hard on my family right now but they are all very supportive. 

In the support group I just shared that I am a self injurer.  I am anorexic, and bulimic and I burn myself with ciggeretts. (I have like a total of four times in five years) I only do this to make the pain on the inside stop.  It feels better to have the pain on the outside rather than the inside.  I still do not think it was right for people who are not doc to give me a diagnosis.  I won't go back.  I really hope that this will be a safer place for me and that people wont try to diagnos me or judge me.  To me that is not what support groups are about.


kittycat27
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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 438
   Posted 9/11/2005 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
 No one here could or does give dx, unless it is asked about if the think they could have or soemthing along that lines... We are all just here to support, help, give advice if wanted , and share stories and experiences. i also throw in my opinion , as does most people , but I think for the most part everyone is sympathetic and genuine. i hope you have a grat experience with us.

kittycat27
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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 438
   Posted 9/11/2005 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry for all my typo's. :-)
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