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Borderline Personality Disorder Misdiagnosis

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  • Posted By: Nexus369
  • January 27, 2011
  • 05:55 AM

I believe i was misdiagnosed with BPD 8years ago. I was given treatment by a "student in training" to be a psychiatrist at a hospital. I was chosen to be one of her patients that received free treatment because of the traumatic events i experienced, both past and recent. At age 17 i started to become severely angry without understanding why. I also began making poor choices of activities without thinking about the consequences; such as extreme promiscuity, obbessions, reality escapisms, and drug use.

At 19 years old, i was in a relationship with a man who was severely mentally ill and untreated for it. He was abusive physically, mentally and emotionally. At the same time, I contracted an STD, had a miscarriage, and i started to have shocking flashbacks of being sexually abused by my father throughout my whole childhood. The memories were so vivid and hard to handle, and i had no support from my partner. I started experiencing severe panic attacks with what seemed to be post traumatic episodes. During this time i was physically exercizing to the extreme. Eventually i started having suicidal thoughts from reflecting over my life experiences. My father had attempted suicide twice over his life, so that didn't help me see the cons. Eventually i expressed to my family that i had been planning out suicide options but could not follow through with them. My mother immediately admitted me to the hospital. I was given prozac.

Some family history: My father has Bi-polar disorder, Obbesive Compulsive Disorder and a Multi-Personality Disorder that he is being treated for. My grandmother on my mother's side has Bi-polar disorder as well........

After my "psychiatrist" evaluated me from all of this, she told me that her and her colleagues, determined that i have "Borderline Personality Disorder". And then she said that she will continue to prescribe me with Prozac, because the medication treats all different types of disorders including bi-polar, in case they "over-looked" my diagnosis.

I believe i have suffered from Post Traumatic Disorder and that i may truly have Bi-polar disorder. Because i was diagnosed with BPD, I have not been able to get health coverage because it's a "pre-existing" condition. So i have not had any doctor care in over 6 years, and luckily i can still get my medication from a small town hospital that has compassion for this whole ***n mess.

I want to be given medical attention to determine correctly, what i have. And to be prescribed with alternative medication choices to Prozac. If anyone has any information on anything i've written here, please share! Thank you for hearing my story.....

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  • Im sorry to hear about your issues. I too have been diagnosed with (severe) borderline personality disorder but believe I may of been falsely diagnosed and now cant get that off of my medical records. I've since also been diagnosed with Insulin issues causing mood swings (so are now on a special diet which helps greatly) and also recently got a diagnoses of Asperger's throu two experts in that. I also have premenstral dysphoric disorder. I think I have post traumatic stress disorder on top of those (the illnesses except the BPD) which has been missed, (I have nightmares to the point that neighbours ring police due to my screaming while asleep). Too many are getting falsely diagnosed with BPD (allowing them therapists to blame the person themselves when the therapy or drugs isnt working)
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • February 24, 2011
    • 11:39 PM
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  • I believe i was misdiagnosed with BPD 8years ago. I was given treatment by a "student in training" to be a psychiatrist at a hospital. I was chosen to be one of her patients that received free treatment because of the traumatic events i experienced, both past and recent. At age 17 i started to become severely angry without understanding why. I also began making poor choices of activities without thinking about the consequences; such as extreme promiscuity, obbessions, reality escapisms, and drug use. At 19 years old, i was in a relationship with a man who was severely mentally ill and untreated for it. He was abusive physically, mentally and emotionally. At the same time, I contracted an STD, had a miscarriage, and i started to have shocking flashbacks of being sexually abused by my father throughout my whole childhood. The memories were so vivid and hard to handle, and i had no support from my partner. I started experiencing severe panic attacks with what seemed to be post traumatic episodes. During this time i was physically exercizing to the extreme. Eventually i started having suicidal thoughts from reflecting over my life experiences. My father had attempted suicide twice over his life, so that didn't help me see the cons. Eventually i expressed to my family that i had been planning out suicide options but could not follow through with them. My mother immediately admitted me to the hospital. I was given prozac. Some family history: My father has Bi-polar disorder, Obbesive Compulsive Disorder and a Multi-Personality Disorder that he is being treated for. My grandmother on my mother's side has Bi-polar disorder as well........ After my "psychiatrist" evaluated me from all of this, she told me that her and her colleagues, determined that i have "Borderline Personality Disorder". And then she said that she will continue to prescribe me with Prozac, because the medication treats all different types of disorders including bi-polar, in case they "over-looked" my diagnosis. I believe i have suffered from Post Traumatic Disorder and that i may truly have Bi-polar disorder. Because i was diagnosed with BPD, I have not been able to get health coverage because it's a "pre-existing" condition. So i have not had any doctor care in over 6 years, and luckily i can still get my medication from a small town hospital that has compassion for this whole ***n mess. I want to be given medical attention to determine correctly, what i have. And to be prescribed with alternative medication choices to Prozac. If anyone has any information on anything i've written here, please share! Thank you for hearing my story..... Hi Nexus-I hope that you know all of your behaviours and 'symptoms' are a completely normal reaction to extreme trauma, it is not a mental illness, anyone in your situation would react the exact same way. I'm a social worker ( and a trauma survivor like yourself) and i worked in child protection housing where ALL of the children that came from abusive traumatic backgrounds reacted in the way you explained above:* severely anger* poor choices of activities without thinking about the consequences; *extreme promiscuity*obbessions*reality escapisms*drug use some others are:Restricted or constricted impulses and exhibited behaviors which include facial expressions and vocal inflection expressing emotions. There may be problems with regulating emotions including chronic sadness, suicidal ideation and hidden or explosive anger.Variations in consciousness, such as repressing, suppressing or reliving traumatic events or dissociation, detachment from mental or physical processesAlterations in self-perception including feelings of helplessness, shame, guilt and/or being different from othersDifferences in relationships with others which can be isolating, looking for a rescuer and/or mistrust. People with C-PTSD may view the perpetrator as all powerful or be obsessed with the relationship which may be accompanied by thoughts of revenge.Somatization, a subconscious process in which psychological distress is expressed as physical symptoms. One of the most common examples is a tension headache when stress is manifested physically.Changes in systems of meaning which can be felt as a loss of faith, despair and/or hopelessness.I think labling people who have been so horribly abused with an mental illness is putting the shame and guilt back on them, when in fact there's nothing wrong with us! have a look on my blog for more info if you're interested :) the link is on my profile. xoxoxoxoEzabella
    whiterose11 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you sooooo very much! Your message means the world to me! I am currently experiencing a few issues with my account on here. I had to reset my password and i can't access your page or other things too. I will definitely take a look at your page and i would like to talk more with you.:)
    Nexus369 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Im sorry to hear about your issues. I too have been diagnosed with (severe) borderline personality disorder but believe I may of been falsely diagnosed and now cant get that off of my medical records. I've since also been diagnosed with Insulin issues causing mood swings (so are now on a special diet which helps greatly) and also recently got a diagnoses of Asperger's throu two experts in that. I also have premenstral dysphoric disorder. I think I have post traumatic stress disorder on top of those (the illnesses except the BPD) which has been missed, (I have nightmares to the point that neighbours ring police due to my screaming while asleep). Too many are getting falsely diagnosed with BPD (allowing them therapists to blame the person themselves when the therapy or drugs isnt working) I totally agree that the therapists blame the people instead of recognizing that the therapy or drugs isn't working.
    Nexus369 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • I totally agree that the therapists blame the people instead of recognizing that the therapy or drugs isn't working. I absolutely agree!Its now been proven that theraputic techniques such a CBT and Mindfulness are more effective that medication (FINALLY!) the page is http://traumasurvival.blogspot.com/ I hope you are travelling well x
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