Visions - Borderline Personality Disorder

PDF | Vol. 7, No. 1 (2011)

This issue of Visions explores borderline personality disorder (BPD). The term “borderline” comes from early researchers who felt that people were “on the borderline” of psychosis and neuroses like anxiety and depression. It was once considered a diagnosis for anyone who didn’t seem to fit into other diagnostic categories, didn’t respond well to treatment, or seemed “difficult.” But our understanding of BPD is changing and there is reason to hope. Numerous studies show that treatments do work. People are standing up to say that borderline personality disorder deserves the same attention and support as any other disorder. In this issue of Visions, you will find stories of compassion, courage and hope from people who have been affected by BPD. You can learn more about the disorder and what it looks like, and you can explore different treatment options and resources.