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[06 Jun 2005|10:13pm]

I suppose I should share a bit about myself, I'm 21 and I manage my BPD like a diabetic does there diabetes. I live in Atlanta.

Here's the cool part. Atlanta has started there own TARA (Treatment And Research Advancements.) We are now running a support group for DBT the first and third Thursday of every month.

It is not only for patients, but also for their families and loved ones. If you have a brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, co-worker, ie. anyone that would benefit from finding out more information on BPD and how to validate and support you better, please contact me.

For further information about location and specific times, please contact me! I can be reached on AIM as dbtdanielle and my email is vice00@gmail.com

Our website should be up and running VERY soon!!!

Good luck! Stay strong! Be safe!


Please understand, I was doing the best I could, with the skills I had at the time.
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vanishingemily [05 May 2005|01:12am]

Hi, I thought it would be a good idea to introduce myself. My name is vanishinemily on livejournal; I was dx'ed with BPD by a psychiatrist at my city's State Mental Health Center about a year and a half ago. I went through about a year of DBT at the MHC. I had both good and bad experiences with it, but ultimately ended up leaving the facility because the therapy was making me worse. (I'm the kind of person who, when I focus on being mentally ill, I get more mentally ill, to the point where I end up trying to kill myself because I'm so overwhelmed with the chaos in my life that I've created by, literally, "trying" to be disordered and end up ip.) I've been doing much, much better since I left therapy. However, I still wouldn't trade what I learned in DBT for anything in the world. Despite all the trouble it caused me, and the single-mindedness and biasedness of the therapists of trained me, it is still some of the most valuable information I have ever learned.

I have created this community because there are BPD patients out there, like me, who are not benefiting from DBT because of either the way their therapists are teaching it or because of their therapists themselves. Some of these patients not only do not benefit, but are rather harmed by their therapists' malevolent instruction. (I know malevolent is a strong term and conveys an implication of malice, but in this case the strength is needed to convey the severity of BPD patients' suffering at the fault of their therapist(s), whether or not malice has existed in any particular unique case.)

Please know that, while I do agree that DBT is the most effective form of treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, I understand that, as with all forms of treatment, it is not the most effective form in all cases. While I do support DBT as a method of treatment for BPD, I do not believe in forcing any patient to participate in DBT treatment against their will, and I believe that the decision to use DBT as a method of treatment should be made conjointly by the patient with the support of the medical professional (and family, if some exist), NOT the other way around. My physician and therapists attempted to force me into DBT when I wasn't able to do it, which is why I ended up leaving the Mental Health Center; and now I am a healthier person because of it. So please know that if you suffer from BPD and have never been or used to be a patient of DBT, I won't try to coerce you to enter into or return to DBT; my community is just for constructive criticism of the method of instruction, and I want your voices to be heard.
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Intro [05 May 2005|12:24am]

DBT--Dialectical Behavior Therapy--is a form of therapy used to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental disorder characterized by nine (9) diagnostic criteria set forth by the American Psychiatric Association in its publication, the DSM-IV--Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a highly stigmatized d/o--thanks mostly to the media--and is often diagnosed arbitrarily, especially in young women. It is a common belief that BPD results from childhood sexual abuse, especially in females; this is not always the case. While there may be genetic factors in a person's developing BPD, it appears that the causes are primarily due to the emotional environment in which a person was raised. When it is diagnosed correctly, BPD is often co-morbid with mood disorders, anxiety disorders--including PTSD--and other personality disorders.

DBT is a combination of cognitive, behavioral, and rational-emotive techniques, and is presently considered the most effective treatment for BPD patients. While DBT in itself can be an effective form of therapy, that does not always prove the case. Not all therapists trained in teaching DBT to patients are suited for doing so, and in some cases, can even cause more harm to the patients than help. Therapists who are biased, unethical, judgmental, and irrational in their decisions can cause harm to patients seeking treatment.

This community is not here to demonish the reputation of DBT. Rather, we are here to provide a living testimony to the fact that there is a high prevalence of harmful, rather than therapeutical, DBT experiences.

A Few Rules:

1. Constructive criticism of therapeutic techniques only. No bashing.
2. No attacking or bashing other members OR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. This is not a place to whine about your therapist making you mad.
3. This is not a support group. Please do not post here seeking support. There are lots of support communities on lj, but this is not one of them. If you have a medical emergency, please seek medical help or call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.

Other rules will be posted if they are needed. So far, this is an open community and is not moderated. If we stick to the rules, we can keep it that way. : )
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