Borderline Personality Disorder - Support Groups, Hot Lines, Message Boards, Therapists, and Programs
"Recovery is a process. It involves two steps forward, then a step back, to take a third step forward" stated A.J. Mahari suggested in a recent interview with BPDFamily, "it is so important to believe in yourself and in your process and have hope that recovery is possible - because it is."
The journey of recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder has many components to it. It is not the same for every individual. The various combinations of intervention needed to help you get better may include a combination of medication, talk therapy, and various different types of psychotherapy, such as TFT, CBT, DBT, Schema, MFT, STEPPS, psychotherapy. Seeking to recover from Borderline Personality Disorder is often a long process. "The good news is that by applying yourself to learning as much as you can about what having BPD means, you can fairly quickly begin to learn how to change your suffering into manageable pain" says Mahari.
Urgent Needs - Are you feeling really down? Many people with Borderline Personality Disorder are depressed at one time or another. All suicidal ideation should be taken seriously. The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that 95% of all suicides occur at the peak of a depressive episode. If you have any suspicions about yourself, you should talk to someone right now - free of charge.
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24 Hour On-Line Message Board Help - list and descriptions are in development - see preliminary list below:
PsychCentral This is a small, moderated, peer to peer community that has 7+ posts per day in the BPD section plus a chat room. This site has a message board and two scheduled chat sessions each week with owner John Grohol (PsyD). Grohol received his graduate training in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 1995 and began this site in 1996. The site is HonCode certified.
MedHelp This is a very thoughtful site. This is a small, moderated, peer to peer community that has 10+ posts per day in the BPD section. MedHelp site connects people with the leading medical experts and others who have similar experiences to take control over their health and find answers to their medical questions. MedHelp, a privately-funded company founded in 1994, has over 16 years of accumulated information from doctors and patients and has long-standing partnerships with the Cleveland Clinic, National Jewish, Partners Health, and Mount Sinai. MedHelp is a private company which is funded through ad revenue. The site is HonCode certified.
MDJunction This is a very warm and friendly site. This is a small, moderated, peer to peer community that has 10+ posts per day in the BPD section. A community of people dealing with Borderline personality, together. MDJunction considers itself a Social Network. MDJunction is owned by Roy & Alon - they have no association with pharmaceutical companies and other interest groups within the health industry.
Psych Forums This is a larger, lightly moderated, peer to peer group with 50+ posts per day. The site is operated by Sean Bennick. Bennick, who has been diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, is a user as well as webmaster and web designer. The site is owned by Carron Consulting - a engineering firm in Washington State.
Directory of Professionals: In Borderline Personality Disorder, there are several well characterized treatments approaches - Transference-focused therapy, Dialectical-behavioral therapy, Schema Therapy and Mentalization-based therapy. Very few mental health professional are trained and experienced with Borderline Personality Disorder. This is a relatively new disorder that is just now beginning to become part of routine curriculums. As such, many practicing Psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors, attorneys, mediators, and arbitrators were not trained in this field. Our list is supplied as a convenience. It is recommended that any one seeking professional help check with local medical school or mental health facilities for recommendations specific to this disorder.
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