Borderline Personality Disorder Is Not That Common
Posted Mar 21 2009 3:13pm
There have been a lot of searches for the Borderline Personality Disorder Test which I posted a couple of weeks ago and although I believe that it is a handy check list of information people need to use it for what it is meant for, a starting point. There is no online test that I have found that can properly diagnosis someone with a mental illness as the procedure to do so is a long one where the doctor is not looking for symptoms but he or she is looking for patterns of behavior. A couple of bad days or weeks does not mean you have a mental illness it could just mean that you have had a bad day or weeks. Use the online tests as a starting point for a conversation with your doctor and let him or her reach the proper conclusion.
There is a part in Girl Interrupted which has Winona Ryder character reading out of what I am guessing is the DSM anyways after she reads out the criteria or description of Borderline Personality Disorder she replies "That is me". Angelina Jolie character gives her this weird look and replies "That is everyone". Now the Borderline Personality Criteria in the DSM has been updated a number of times since then and it will be updated again for the next version due out in 2011 (this may not be accurate but its close).
On a good/bad day there are few mental illnesses that I do NOT qualify for just by looking at the criteria that is presented but I know they do not fit as I am lacking the key ingredient which is long standing behavior. There are a million Depression Tests online and the really good ones are run by the drug companies even though they all ask basically the same questions, the ones run by corporations feel like a doctors diagnosis. Of course the makers of prescription medication want you to have the illness for that is how they make money. There are not a lot of Borderline Personality Disorder Tests online for the key treatment is therapy and not prescription medication.
I guess the purpose of this post is to remind you be careful what you read and be careful of what you do with the information. Untreatable Online was created to show the inner working of my battle and hopefully to help others who may be in a similar position or trying to help someone in a mental health battle but in the end if the choice comes to listening to me or listening to your doctor, the doctor always wins. Take care