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How many peeps diagnosed with BPD are prescribed anti-psychotic medication?

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Witts

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How many peeps diagnosed with BPD are prescribed anti-psychotic medication?

was just wondering because this concerns me...

From my understanding, BPD is an emotional behavioural condition that warrents [sometimes] intensive therapy, and I understand that until that happens, or if the correct talking therapy is not found, some BPDs can lead chaotic lifestyles....

But to prescribe anti-psychotics, which are strong and potentially damaging drugs appears to me to be all about maintenance??? (Unless of course BPD isnt your primary diagnosis)

Does taking these drugs concern anyone?
 
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Not really...i was first diagnosed with depression and was put on drugs 4 years ago, they helped me back to work and to live a 'normal' life i got diagnosed with PD a few weeks ago, they didn't say BPD but looking at them it fits me more then the others, but without ANY medication i think i would be dead now, so no if it suits then yeah take them. They are not for everyone but they do the job for those that need them. :)
 
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I have always actively refused anti-psychotics....for BPD they are conta-indicated and NICE comes out strongly against them.....
When I asked recently why so many people with PD were on them I was told this was probably because of co-morbid conditions.....
 
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hi yes i take them, i am also doing dbt, but it is the anti psychotics that have helped, i was v unstable til i started taking them, and now i am doing a lot better.

i think the meds depend on each person, i am lucky that my psych treats the symptoms not the label, some need them more than others i guess.
 
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Im on Aripiprazole which is a drug that is an anti psychotic. Its used in clinical depression, schzophrenia and bipola. I think that the reason why im on it and i can only speak out for myself is because i have acute psychotic episodes where i hear and see things that is not there. It has helped me greatly but i still see and hear things occassionally now. Before the drug was introduced to my body it was dark dark times.....

I think like someone else pointed out i to have other issues not just a pd.
 
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Hi Dib,

that is exactly my point, anti-psychotics cannot 'fix' BPD....its a behavioural condition thats needs talking therapy to support you change the way yo manage your emotions and if you are treated with A-Ps its more about managing you, sedating you effectivly....

However if you have psychosis, then of course thats different....

Its also amazing how people will just accept a drug given, and mot question this, why wouldnt you question it? Of course A-Ps have their place and are an integral part of someones recovery that suffers psychotic sysmptoms, but OOoooo if you are diagnosed with BPD, surely you should question?
 
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hi yes i take them, i am also doing dbt, but it is the anti psychotics that have helped, i was v unstable til i started taking them, and now i am doing a lot better.

i think the meds depend on each person, i am lucky that my psych treats the symptoms not the label, some need them more than others i guess.
So were you diagnosed with psychosis?
 
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People with BPD can have intermittent bouts of psychosis - hence the original name for Borderline, we were supposed to be borderline psychotic.......
When I am in a dissociated state I am totally out of it and don't know what I am doing. I also hallucinate....but I am not 'psychotic' because in between times I am very lucid and have insight, without medication.
 
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I take aripiprazole also 40mg, I was put on then because of psychosis, I had many periods of full blown psychosis where would see images and people talked to me, I still get the voices as dib said but its not that often anymore, so whilst I am on an anti psychtoic I am glad to be for now - my life was unmanageable before. I also have d.b.t. and its doing me a lot of good. One day I hope to be off all my medication and not be a danger to myself and others.

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I take aripiprazole also 40mg, I was put on then because of psychosis, I had many periods of full blown psychosis where would see images and people talked to me, I still get the voices as dib said but its not that often anymore, so whilst I am on an anti psychtoic I am glad to be for now - my life was unmanageable before. I also have d.b.t. and its doing me a lot of good. One day I hope to be off all my medication and not be a danger to myself and others.

KS


I totally understand and get what your saying. Of course i want to be drug free but im afraid that my moods will once again become unstable and then id become at risk- or futher at risk as anyone with bpd or emotionally unstable personality disorder i believe are at risk.
 
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I have been on so many meds through the years some antipshych - old ones were fluoxetine, quetiapine (which was horrible) olanzapine, citraline, citalopram and there are some others but im now on pre-gabalin which is an absolute godsend along with lamotragine and escitalapram

word of warning though - always check the max dose

my doctor mixed up escitalopram and citalopram puting me immediately on 60mg...escitalopram as it happens is 3x stronger nd 20mg is the licensed dose so i then got a letter in the post saying "your medication is being changed from 60mg escitalopram to 60mg citalopram you should not notice any difference - but obviously going effectively from 180mg to 60mg a day which made me almost suicidal (again) and now i have to be on 30escitalopram cause my body is dependant ....doctors especially gps in cambridge = morons! ...i miss my old understanding doctor
 
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Would anyone recommend trying anti-psychotic drugs where nothing else has seemed to work? I take fluoxetine and have tried mirtazapine, zopiclone and citalopram in various mixtures but I dont think the antidepressants do anything. Are the medications prescribed to someone with BPD supposed to level out moods? Because I am still regularly hysterical and increasingly suicidal, and dont feel my GP has sufficient expertise to comprehend it.

I am considering steering my GP towards searching for new medication...are anti-psychotics something I should consider? Are they prescribed easily?
 
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Only just seen this thread - I am diagnosed BPD, and was offered a mild anti-psychotic, but didn't take it because I couldn't really see the logic - particularly when my psych himself has said that BPD isn't treatable with meds...

That was a year ago & I'm very glad I didn't take them!
 
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P.S. I am diagnosed BPD, depression & anxiety, so they weren't offered for co-morbid conditions... The NHS is great ;)
 
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So were you diagnosed with psychosis?
slight at the most but severe paranoia, is what he was treating with anti psych meds, and they have helped it, not cure but helped
 
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