Friday, October 11, 2013

you can feel like a mental patient, but you don't have to act like one.

“I am more than my diagnosis...I [am] able to witness firsthand the incredible difference between surviving and living. Living involves integrating your disease process into your life and then leading the life you want instead of the life you have. I have seen the power of an informed and empowered patient and that a small group of people will change the world…we may just have to take small breaks to rest.” —Joe Riffe
Interviews with patients and clinicians about borderline personality disorder (BPD).
I'm not owning BPD as part of my identity, or even accepting it into my treatment plan; I just want to acknowledge some relevant and important parts of this disorder such as high emotional reactivity and interpersonal sensitivity, as well as suicidal ideation. 

Helpful meds links since I've been experiencing withdrawal symptoms...
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“The sensitivity of borderline individuals tend at times to appear to others, including their therapists, deceptively less emotionally vulnerable than they are.” —Marsha Linehan