Saturday, May 07, 2011

Womb twin survivors misdiagnosed: (5) "Borderline " personality disorder

If ever there was a random, catch-all term to "diagnose" patients with a bunch of wide-raning self-defeating behaviours and attitudes, this is it.

The term "Borderline personality disorder" is so wide it is almost meaningless:
  • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
  • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
  • Identity disturbance, such as a significant and persistent unstable self-image or sense of self
  • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
  • Emotional instability due to significant reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
  • Transient, stress-related paranoid thoughts or severe dissociative symptoms
People who live with some of these symptoms ruminate endlessly on "what is wrong with me?"  This form is a good example: Paranoid, Schizoid, & Schizotypal  They desperately fling psychiatric terms about, trying to find one that will stick and make sense of their lives.  But the statements on my questionnaire,  which are real statements made by real womb twin survivors, reflect this list of " symptoms " perfectly.

How about this? People who have the symptoms of Borderline personality disorder are womb twin survivors and that's all there is to it.  If that is your diagnosis, take heart.  This is what you can do now.   Just to make sure this is not a hasty decision, stay sceptical -  because it's not good to be impulsive with these important personal issues.
When you have done all that carefully, if none of it seems to resonate with you,  then I wish you well in your search for  answers.  If this does seem to make sense, then perhaps after all you are a womb twin survivor!   In that case, this is the day to start the healing path, which will lead you gently into a new way of life!

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting read Althea! I have Borderline Personality Disorder and am always looking for new information about BPD. I wanted to share a great website , that offers great information about treating BPD. I hope this is a helpful resource for those with BPD.