Personal Stories

Personal stories highlight the experiences of people just like you. You’ll find stories from people who experience mental health or substance use problems, people who support a loved one, and people who work in mental health or substance use fields. They share their own experiences and perspectives, and describe their personal journeys to understanding, health and well-being.

Personal stories highlight hope and well-being, not treatment advice. Check out the Self-Help Resources section of this site for info sheet and workbooks, and talk to your doctor or health care provider to discuss treatment options that might be a good fit for you.

  1. Recurring Themes in BPD Recovery

    LM Reprinted from "BPD" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (1), p. 11 My first introduction to borderline personality disorder (BPD) occurred when I was 22 years old in 1998. It came via a nurse clinician at a hospital emergency department. She’d ...

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  2. Don’t Call Me ‘Borderline!'

    Elizabeth Bogod Reprinted from "BPD" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (1), p. 13 When I first learned that I have the commonly misunderstood mental illness called borderline personality disorder (BPD), this was my initial reaction: do not call ...

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  3. Joyous Living

    Catherine St. Denis Reprinted from "BPD" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (1), p. 16 I am 45 years old and was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) after making an attempt on my life about six years ago. Since then, I’ve worked ...

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  4. Autumn Leaves on the Family Tree

    Do mental illness and substance use problems connect the family tree? Is it genetics or “faulty wiring” or just circumstances? Winter remembers his uncle, with an unnamed mental illness, addiction and the shadows in his eyes. Will nephews and nieces look ...

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