Having been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder at 18 years of age, I have spent the last 10 years recovering from it, and today no longer am diagnosable as having BPD. On this site I share what helped me get better in the hope that others will benefit. A related goal of this site is to reject the pessimism surrounding treatment of BPD, and to critique the genetic-biological model of BPD causation.
In case you are wondering what the pictures at the top mean, the left and right images show the phoenix rising from the ashes. The resurgent phoenix is an apt metaphor for the psychological rebirth which is recovery from BPD.
The central picture is the Greek hero, Odysseus. His epic story of battling past monsters, witches, and demons to reunite with his beloved family represents the metaphorical “bad objects”, or traumatic experience, which borderline individuals must overcome in order to develop new good relationships. In this picture, he outwits the seductive but deadly sirens by lashing himself to the mast of his ship. This allows him to hear, but not respond, to their songs.
Also, Edward Dantes is a pseudonym that I use to write about mental health issues. I do not disclose my true identity because of my work; I have a job in education where it might be risky to have coworkers and managers find out my views on controversial, politically-charged mental health topics.
I chose the name Edward Dantes because it is a play on Edmond Dantes, the cunning protagonist from Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo, who escaped a long imprisonment on a French island. Metaphorically, becoming free from BPD has some parallels to escaping from a prison.
Lastly, I am not a medical professional, and therefore cannot diagnose or treat BPD in that capacity. However, I would be happy to listen and to offer feedback as a layperson.