For over 10 years now I have recognised that I struggle with my perceptions, emotions, thoughts and feelings towards people, myself and the environment. I have been numerous times to various GP's but was fobbed off with pills for anxiety and stress.
Only 7 months ago did I progress when my GP advised seeing a psychiatrist, after I said I thought I had a multiple personality and described my symptoms to support that view of myself.
I have spent the past 6 months with my care co-ordinator who has put together a detaied summary of my 25 year life history and discussed my thoughts and feelings (past and present ) on how each traumatic event has/had affected me. Without going into detail, we found that I match all the criteria to be suspected as suffering from BPD. Close friends and family agree, as do I, particularly after reading and relating to a book on BPD.
So last week we presented this to my designated psychiatrist in the hope of gaining a concrete diagnosis. Instead, he dismissed pretty much everything that we presented and fobbed me off with a common diagnosis - fear of rejection and poor management of emotion.
My understanding is that this is just one of the key symptoms with BPD, yet I display all of them, including my age group and the fact that I am female where it is found to be most common. So really, i'd like your thoughts on:
How do I convince my psychiatrist that I fit the symptoms of BPD to gain a concrete diagnosis?
Why was I fobbed off with a blase response?
Can anyone confirm my rights to a second opinion?
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