Psychiatric disorders aren’t always simple or easily diagnosed…
Eight years ago, I was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder.
I didn’t completely fill those shoes, but after spending so many years struggling, I was just relieved to have a label — any label — to help me make sense of things. And when none of the medications seemed to work, they told me I was borderline. While I had a nagging feeling that wasn’t exactly right, either, I didn’t know what else it could be.
I was passed around the mental health system, with clinicians throwing their hands up, unsure of why I wasn’t responsive to any of the therapy or medication they offered me.
At one time, I was on seven different psychiatric medications, and yet I was still reporting that I felt deeply hopeless and anxious.
When I was hospitalized a second time, included among my discharge papers was a handout about personality disorders, emphasizing that…
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