Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and I think borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often a sexist, scapegoat diagnosis. I am tired of the stigma and misogyny and I know many of my BPD-diagnosed loved ones are tired of it, too.
I made this video at a viewer’s request, as BPD stigma is something that most people with the disorder deal with.
Borderline personality disorder IS about gender. I normally wouldn’t make such an assertion, but based on my own experiences and research, I have found it (over and over again) to be true.
In this video, we’ll explore different aspects of BPD stigma and how it relates to other mental illnesses. We’ll talk about alternatives to the BPD label, namely C-PTSD. My ultimate suggestion to mental health professionals is to drastically change the criteria for BPD or eliminate the diagnosis completely.
To my point about BPD vs. sociopathy: I understand that, because we are all so drastically different, some sociopaths may experience what could be called empathy. However, a lack of empathy is one of the defining characteristics of ASPD (anti-social personality disorder), whereas TOO MUCH empathy is a defining characteristic of BPD, which means the foundational attributes of the disorders are complete opposites. For that reason, I believe they need to be in wholly separate categories.
Note: I realize that not everyone with BPD has been traumatized. My point in this video is that traumatized people need different resources than non-traumatized people and that putting us in the same category can have dangerous consequences.
Have you faced stigma because of your BPD diagnosis? How did it make you feel? Let me know in the comments.
Here’s the article I mentioned, called “Embrace the Benefits of Borderline Personality Disorder:”
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