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Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

Posted Apr 30 2009 10:11pm

Declaration That May Is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

The below press release came out a year ago

NEW YORK, April 25 / PRNewswire / -- The National Education Alliance for
Borderline Personality Disorder ( NEA-BPD ) and the National Alliance on
Mental Illness ( NAMI ) commended the U.S. House of Representatives for its
recent Resolution supporting May as Borderline Personality Disorder
Awareness Month.

On April 1, 2008, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved
the bipartisan House Resolution (H. Res. 1005) sponsored by Representatives
Thomas Davis (R-VA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to support the goals and
ideals of a Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. Representative
Davis stated that "Raising awareness of this disease is an important first
step toward getting the recognition and research dollars that, hopefully,
can help future victims and their families avoid the enormous suffering
this disease causes."

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) afflicts 4 million adults and
adolescents. BPD is a leading cause of suicide, with a suicide rate 400
times the rate of the general public. BPD has a combination of symptoms,
including intense fears of abandonment, episodes of rage, self-injury,
substance abuse and impulsive behavior. Many with BPD are unable to work.
Others may be high functioning in certain settings, though their private
lives and relationships are often in turmoil.

Relatively new as an official diagnosis, BPD is decades behind in
research, treatment, awareness and family education. Although BPD is as
common as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it is far less known.

According to Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D., President of NEA-BPD, "BPD is the
most misunderstood mental illness, and consequently is often
under-recognized and misdiagnosed. Despite the many myths, research shows
that there is much HOPE for recovery."

Michael Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of NAMI, praised Congress,
stating that "The designation of May as Borderline Personality Disorder
Awareness Month is an important opportunity to highlight the seriousness
and magnitude of this debilitating condition, as well as to draw public,
professional and media attention to this mental illness."
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