NAMI Executive Director, Michael Fitzpatrick, explained that “borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness that can cause a lot of suffering, carries a significant risk of suicide and requires an accurate diagnosis along with targeted treatment.”
“We know that treatment works, but too often stigma discourages people with mental illness from getting the help that they need. Untreated mental illness has significant personal, social and economic implications. We urge Congress to increase funding of research, treatment and services for those living with BPD and their families.”
I think this is a step in the right direction since I know, first-hand, how difficult it is to live with the disorder and the host of co-occuring disorders that often come along with it. Many individuals with the disorder also have trouble finding accessable, affordable resources.