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Almost definite BPD but don't know how/where to get a diagnosis

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  • Posted By: jammydodger
  • February 14, 2011
  • 00:17 AM

I'll keep this short and sweet.

I've taken many online tests for personality disorders and found out that I am most likely to have BPD. I then took about 10 different BPD specific tests and found that the results have been 80%-100% likely that I have BPD.

How/where can I get a diagnosis? I live in the UK.

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  • I believe a Psychiatrist or Psychotherapist could give you that diagnoses and also set you up on meds that might help control the severe mood swings. Your regular physician's office might also be able to refer you to someone.
    gr8tful 175 Replies
    • February 14, 2011
    • 03:02 AM
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  • It isnt a good diagnoses to have as many doctors will think you are faking stuff... as BPD is a very misunderstood illness by many (and some with it do put on acts so the rest of us are sometimes thought of as liers). Once diagnosed you cant get it off the records There are no meds as such for BPD mood swings (unless you have coexisting issues). There is some ok therapy for BPD .. called DBT but that isnt available in many places. Many of us thou find even DBT dont help much. BPD is very hard to treat. I think you should really put a lot of thought into it before seeking a diagnoses as it can actually wreck your life. You can put yourself in meditation classes etc and learn some of what is taught in DBT. Be aware that Asperger's is similar and can manifest similar to BPD (eg black and white thinking and other things, self harming, explosive episodes under stress), so do research and make sure you dont have that. Ive since been diagnosed with Aspergers (after the BPD diagnoses) and believe I would of never got a BPD diagnoses if the Asperger's had been diagnosed first
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • February 16, 2011
    • 09:42 AM
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  • Go to a doctor. Simplest way to find out. What makes you think that you have bipolar disorder?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2011
    • 04:22 PM
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  • To get the most accurate diagnosis, you can seek out a licensed psychologist (not psychiatrist) and request psychological testing to rule-out BPD and similar disorders. These tests are very accurate - not the old inkblot tests anymore - but question and answer tests that can assist in sorting out the symptoms.BPD is most often misdiagnosed as Bipolar Disorder. Aspergers Disorder does have the up and down moods at time, but those are secondary to the real deficits associated with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (you're right tania - a good dr should have checked that out first!). BPD can also be be confused with depression and anxiety; both are symptoms of the disorder.As far as treatment, there are no GREAT medications for BPD, BUT if you can find a great psychiatrist, there are effective combinations of medications used. Most often this includes something for depression, a mood stabilizer, and/or long-term anti-anxiety medication. Also, DBT is very effective ... if you can find a psychologist or therapist who has had specific training in that method. (The training takes several months or years additionally)Hope you find what you need!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2011
    • 07:45 PM
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