Reader discretion is advised

Not all resources for Borderline personality disorder on the Internet are reliable, accurate, and constructive.       Regrettably, it might be more accurate to say most resources are not. 

Why is this? In part, because borderline personality disorder is a disorder of erratic and, at times, destructive relationship skills. People suffering with Borderline personality disorder often get their feelings deeply hurt and often, deeply heart the feelings of others.  It is estimated that 18 million people are afflicted with borderline personality disorder and it is estimated that there are 100 million people who have had a significantly hurtful experience with a person suffering from Borderline personality disorder (or borderline personality traits).

None of this is to say that the stigma surrounding Borderline personality disorder is malicious. Nor is it fair to say that people are purposely creating misleading information. It is to say that:
  • Borderline personality disorder, and personality disorders in general, are very difficult area psychology to fully understand.  The general public is far more skilled in understanding the fundamentals of basketball than they are in understanding personality disorders;
  • that there a lot of people trying to make sense of what appears to be self defeating and non-conventional behaviors; and
  • with the growth of the the Internet and self-publishing, just about anyone can take make authoritative looking material.
  • there are some people trying to profit on this woundedness 
  • there are some people trying to avenge their pain.

What should be done? We need to recognize that there is a necessity for readers (patients and family members)  in this topic area to check out resources very carefully. As consumers, we hope you will help with this. Read > more <

Mental health is a serious topic and the information we consume will  greatly influence how we feel, what we do, and what we share with others and - it's important that we receive accurate information from reliable sources.

Be optimistically skeptical. No single characteristic will tell you if a website is reliable. Each site must be examined independently to ensure that the available information is accurate, up to date, objective and authoritative. Your first stop when visiting a health website should be the "About Us" section. Look for information on the site’s authority, funding, credibility and privacy. The following are questions to ask yourself every time you visit a health site:
  • Authority: Who created the Web site? Why was the information made available? What are the authors’ credentials? Look for degrees, fields of specialty and experience. Do they provide their contact information?
  • Funding: Who is funding the site? Is the Web site operated by a pharmaceutical company or business that is endorsing a specific product? Is the site trying to sell you something? Does the site have advertisements? Are they clearly labeled, or do they blend with the general information?
  • Credibility: Where does the information come from? What is the site’s editorial policy? Do experts review the information? Is the information thorough and complete? Does the author address every issue that could be valuable to your understanding of the topic? When was the site last updated? When was the information posted on the site? When was it last reviewed? Do the authors make unbelievable or emotional claims? Do they advertise miracle cures? Does the information conflict with accepted medical logic?
  • Privacy: What is the site’s privacy policy? Does it ask for personal information? How will it use your information? Are you comfortable with the terms of the policy? Does the site ask you to sign up or become a member? Is the Web site secure?
A useful tip for judging the quality of health websites is to look for accreditation or oversight. This is also generally found in the "About Us" section at the bottom of the homepage. The URAC and the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) are two organizations that examine websites for quality. If you see their seals of approval, it's one indication you're receiving valid health information.

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