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Nov 17, 2015 6:38 PM

I am at the pain clinic and have just been diagnosed with boarderline personality disorder. I don't know anything about it so i am worried.

Nov 17, 2015 8:28 PM

Fallen I can't answer that. But I want you to know you aren't alone to work through this. We're all here. It's a psychological issue, is all I know. I would say a psychologist would be a good place to start in learning ability it and learning how to deal with it. Search until you find one that you feel comfortable. (((Hugs))) & a prayer said for you. 🙏🌼

Nov 17, 2015 8:34 PM

My mom's borderline, and has chronic pain. From my experience, it means I gave to be careful around her, and never know if I'll get the sweet friendly version, or the grumpy and angry at the world version. Don't get me wrong, I love her, and she has as many health issues as our entire family, so she understood my dad.

Have you seen a psychologist? When I got a new diagnosis, a psychologist helped me process. I don't really trust psychologists, but I've found them helpful when processing pain and diagnoses

Nov 17, 2015 10:35 PM

I would also say grt a second opinion. People look at or listen to us whonr in constant pain and they don't believe or know about this so they pass us off as mental. I've had a doctor gel my cousin this. And I know she is not. She as well as mysey are in pain. So don't just take the first thiny they say I don't know much about pain clinic but are they qualified to diagnosis any mental issues. They deal with pain. Sorry if I'm preachy but it just bothers me when I hear pain patients being pushed off to the crazy lane. When we really need medical help.

Nov 18, 2015 5:59 AM

Newfibrogirl, you're so right! Second opinions are important in questionable dx. I don't know why I forgot but my sister was dx as bipolar, schizophrenia, and several other issues, including seizures, when she was a moody 13 year old teenager. They were wrong but it you'll over 20 years to get the right dx and treatments: depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD. The meds they put her on caused her seizures. And just 3 weeks ago at my first psychology visit I mentioned that. The psychologist said, "sadly were seetoo many misdiagnoses, especially on children and teens or young adults.". 🙏🌼

Nov 18, 2015 7:35 AM

I am wanting to understand. You got a diagnosis of personality disorder by who? You are worried about the pain clinic or the diagnosis of personality disorder?
If it is pertaining to Personality Disorder it is a mental illness according to the DSM5. I call this the psychiatric bible of mental health diagnosis. It is based on criteria to match a diagnosis.
In Canada we have a Canadian Mental Health Association that can be looked up on the internet. It can help with understanding this diagnosis. Mental Health Associations or similar organizations can be helpful with understanding the diagnosis and things that can help with this. I found out looking through my doctors information just lately that someone put this label on me. This was one of my initial diagnosis many years ago, but I am not sure if it is correct now. I was told as a teen/young adult that I had schizophrenia. The drugs were harsh. No wasn't schizophrenia, then changed to manic depressive. Ends up my current diagnosis is major depression and anxiety probably do to post traumatic stress disorder from my childhood. It's been 42 years trying to understand life through my mind and eyes. I am currently 47. If I get too stressed I can get psychosis at times.
If you are worried about the diagnosis you have the right to ask the person who gave you that diagnosis, why is it that diagnosis and what can you do going forward with this diagnosis. Whether medication, therapy, mediation, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, breathing exercises, support groups, exercise, etc. For me some days are still REALLY crappie and this is the time to be a friend to myself. If your not comfortable with what is going on it is ok to ask for a second opinion. Fallen you deserve to live life to the best you can. You are not alone. You are in charge of you.
Please be kind to yourself. Take care, Beets.

Nov 18, 2015 7:44 AM

Fallen if you are going to the pain clinic, is that because you have pain that you can not get under control.
In my case pain can make my personality change because of not sleeping for the past three years, the intensity of the pain and the type. Not understanding why I have this adds to my confusion and worries of what is going on with me. I go through a wide range of emotions. I really feel sorry for the people around me lots of the time.

Nov 18, 2015 8:55 AM

Did the pain clinic diagnos you with that? I am a therapist and that is simething we usually diagnose or a psychiatrist or psychologist. And they didn't explain to you what that meant?! How old are you if you don't mind me asking?

Nov 18, 2015 10:17 AM

I have been in a lot of pain the past few months. I noticed I was basically hiding from people,, confining myself in bedroom just reading. I was grumpy and snappy at people especially my husband and our boys. I asked my pcp for something to stabilize my mood. I had also been asking him about fibromyalgia. He gave me Lexapro 20mg. It has made a tremendous difference in me, my mood and it did help with some of the aches and pain. I know being in pain all the time it is hard to stay happy. My husband asked his pain Dr for it as well it has made a huge difference in our marriage. Good luck to you, but I would also get a second opinion.

Nov 18, 2015 6:06 PM

Fallen, first off your pain clinic is NOT qualified to diagnose you with a personality disorder unless the person doing the diagnosing is a psychiatrist or psychologist or an MSW. That is where you need to go next. I worked as a psychiatric and chemical addictions nurse for 20+ years, so I can assure you that a pain doc has no right to do this to you. So go to a qualified person and get a second opinion. There are psych tests that can be given to you to help you better understand your personality strengths and weakness'. If the psychiatrist/psychologist/MSW says you don't have Borderline Personality Disorder find a new pain specialist please.

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