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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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