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JustSo

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Hi I was diagnosed with BPD a few years ago. When I became aware of the diagnosis and researched on it, it left me feeling that it was a last choice option. Prior to this I was told I suffer from adjustment disorder as well as depression. A previous psychiatrist was considering if I may be suffering from bipolar disorder. All this has left me in a state of confusion. What's wrong with me I know I'm not "normal" I can't control certain aspect of myself but I have been left in a state feeling like an alien, if you get what I mean.

I'm at a total loss with my life
 
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Hi JustSo

Welcome to the forum.

If you look into psychiatry a little bit, you will find it is not very scientific. Some have described it as pseudo-science.

There are no medical tests to diagnose any mental illness or disorder. Very little is known about the brain, it is very complex and research goes on all the time. But as for mental illnesses and disorders, the names given to them are just labels to categorise series of symptoms.

Once you get into the mental health system you will get a label (diagnosis) and after you have been in the system a while that diagnosis will probably change several times. I am on my fourth diagnosis. Often if you change psychiatrist you change diagnosis. any of them could be right, all of them could,be wrong.

I think it is a good idea to read about your diagnosis and decide if it matches your symptoms. If it doesn't you might want to request a second opinion (bear in mind doctors often stick together).

If you think it does fit your symptoms, look into treatments, especially recommended therapies, and see if you can get referred to do that. If you think you do have BPD some therapies have helped people. Try to avoid drugs if you can, they have serious side effects.

wish you well, Sarah
 
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Read as much as you can about all three. Reflect on your life. Journal. You will figure it out.
 
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Good advice. And try to remember that your experiences, your story and your symptoms say more about you than any diagnosis. They are more "you" than any label that a psychiatrist can dream up and pin on you.
 
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Thank you for your replies. Personally I don't know which "label" applies to me. It seems depending on which label they apply to me I don't get the right help despite me bringing up the issue. I have read up on the different disorders and it seems each one applies to myself in some aspect or another. Complex!
 
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