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Are you under care of a Doctor, Psychiatrist, Therapist, Other? Please List
Under the care of a Psychiatrist and Therapist
What is your diagnosis or diagnoses?
Bipolar disorder with suggestion of Borderline Personality.
At what age were you diagnosed with the borderline personality disorder and/or bipolar disorder? 18
What age are you now? 29
Have you gotten better or worse? Better
** Very Important Question If You Could Answer Fully -> If you have gotten better, what specifically has helped you? This could be different for every person.
Medication and accepting I needed it as much as diabetics need insulin. I want to also say that several years of therapy make you more mentally healthy than people without mental illness. You just get to know yourself by talking to a perfect stranger. But, I have been in 4 mental hospitals, introduced to dozens of meds and been through years of therapy and the most important was missing-God. My relationship with him is a pivotal part of why I am doing better.
With God, I learned I was not outcast and I was just a person with a chemical imbalance in my brain. I needed to just "suck it up" and not let it be her entire life. God's grace extends to mentally ill people too. After my family and I having to spend over 150,000 on hospitals, doctors, medications ect…the only true cure is what I found in relationship with God…it costs me nothing.
Has medication helped?
Yes, if you have someone that knows what they are doing.
*What advice would you like to give to others who are suffering from your same illness('s)?
Don't let people tell you this is a spiritual thing or make you feel as if you are just bringing it on yourself. Sometimes the ignorance of others can really affect someone who already has a distorted self-image.
Use what you have to your advantage and tame the wild beasts that come with it.
Find a support group of people with common interests, for me that was not support groups that focused on BPD.
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