Hi, my name's Rosie and I'm the blog author of Talking About BPD. When I was in my early twenties, I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) after many years of mental health problems.
This diagnosis came as a relief to me because it gave me some understanding of my experiences. However, at the same time I was horrified and distressed by the stigma surrounding this condition. I felt completely silenced and I had nobody I could relate to. Furthermore, I had little to no professional support and I felt completely alone with my BPD.
Soon after being diagnosed, I started blogging about my BPD anonymously under the name BPD Orchid. I was seeking understanding of what was going on, as well as wanting to put something online that truly reflected my experience of BPD rather than the stereotypes. I was overwhelmed by the amount of positive support I received, and still receive, for my blog and social media.
In 2017, I let go of my anonymity when I was nominated for a Mind Media Award. Fast forward two years and I am still blogging today. It still means a lot to me that people see what life can be really like with this condition, especially those who feel alone with their BPD. In 2019, I won a Mind Media Award for Talking About BPD.
It is my hope that within the next few years people with BPD will become better understood by mental health professionals, as well as the general public. Furthermore, I want a future where all people with this diagnosis are offered specialist psychological support and treated with respect.
Aside from Talking About BPD, I work as an SEN class teacher in a special school which is a wonderful job. I have also worked as a teacher in mainstream schools, in the third sector and as a helpline volunteer. I love writing, art, books, nature and all things creative.
I live in the UK with my boyfriend and our dog. If you can relate to Talking About BPD, I hope it helps you feel less ashamed, misunderstood or invalidated. I hope it can also gives you ideas about how to manage or lead a calmer life. Most of all, if you can relate to Talking About BPD, I hope it helps you feel less alone.