About talking about bpd

My name's Rosie Cappuccino and I'm the author of the Talking About BPD blog and the book Talking About BPD: A Stigma-Free Guide to a Calmer, Happier Life with Borderline Personality Disorder.

 

I was first diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 2014 after many years of struggling with intense emotions and feeling very distressed, including suicidal ideation and self-harm. 

 

This diagnosis came as a relief to me because it gave me some understanding of my experiences. At the same time, I was horrified by the stigma and discrimination associated with BPD. I also didn't have the professional help I needed to manage my condition and I had nobody to relate to. I felt so confused, ashamed and alone. 

My response to all this was to start blogging. Fearful of possible negative consequences to being open, I blogged anonymously (initially under the name BPD Orchid). My blog was my way of trying to put my confusing experiences into words, connect with others who felt the same and discover some ways to cope. 

 

I also felt strongly about sharing my personal experiences of BPD as a way of pushing back against misrepresentations of this condition in print and online. It has always been a struggle to find sensitive, empathetic and accurate content online and offline about this condition. I wanted to put something out there for others in similar positions to mine.

 

In 2017 I was shortlisted for a Mind Media Award. At this point, I decided to let go of my anonymity. In 2019, I was nominated again and, to my surprise and joy, this time I won the 'Digital Champion' award.

Seven years on from starting this blog, I am still writing today. Although my life is vastly different to how it was when I was first diagnosed, it still feels 'right' for me to speak up about my experiences of BPD.

 

I also want to give others a chance to see that they are not alone in how they feel, if they relate to my experiences. I feel strongly that people with BPD need to be are seen for who they they truly are. All people with BPD deserve excellent care and utmost respect. 

It makes me so happy to see Talking About BPD resonating with so deeply with so many of you. I am so thankful for all messages  of support and encouragement.

I live in the UK with my partner and our dog. I have degrees in English Literature and Medical Humanities. I am a qualified primary school teacher ('Special Educational Needs & Disabilities'). I love my job. 

If you can relate to my experiences, I hope my book, blog and social media can bring you comfort, validation and confidence. I also hope I can help you feel less alone.

Mind Media Awards acceptance speech

BBC Stories Film

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Rosie, author of Talking About BPD

Cappuccino - Talking about BPD - FINAL -

Talking About BPD: A Stigma-Free Guide to a Calmer, Happier Life with BPD by Rosie Cappuccino

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