About talking about bpd
Hi, my name's Rosie and I'm the author of Talking About BPD. I was first diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 2014 after many years of very intense emotions and difficulties with 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 though 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 that I wanted to share my personal experiences of BPD in the face of misrepresentation in in print and online. It has always been a struggle to find sensitive, empathetic and accurate content online and offline about this condition.
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 of the support and encouragement I receive.
In 2017, when I was shortlisted for a Mind Media Award, I let go of my anonymity. In 2019, I was shortlisted again and, to my surprise and joy, I won the 'Digital Champion' award.
I live in the UK with my partner and our dog. I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a postgraduate degree in Medical Humanities. I am also a qualified teacher ('Special Educational Needs & Disabilities'). I love my job.
If you can relate to my experiences, I hope Talking About BPD can help you feel more confident, hopeful, comforted and supported. Most of all, I hope I can show you you're not alone.
My book 'Taking About BPD: A Stigma Free Guide to a Calmer, Happier Life with Borderline Personality Disorder' is out October 21st in countries including the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and is published by JKP. It's available for pre-order now.
Rosie, author of Talking About BPD
'Talking About BPD' out October 21st. Published by Jessica Kingsley.
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