Listen up doctor!
My doctor has put me on strong antidepressants, but they don't seem to work. When I tell my doctor I have Borderline Personality Disorder he just ignores me. What can I do to make him listen? It feels like I'm banging my head against the wall.
Although you are finding it hard to talk to your doctor (GP) about what you are going though, it's important you try to be as honest as possible.
Feeling ignored by your doctor must be frustrating. The symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can be similar to those of schizophrenia, although people with BPD are diagnosed on the basis that they are on the borderline of experiencing some form of psychosis. Such an episode may only be triggered by stressful situations, but BPD can also affect a person in other ways, for example; a person's ability to form and maintain relationships with other people, feelings of anger, sadness and isolation, depression and delusions.
Although BPD is increasingly diagnosed, services are still limited. But please be reassured there are treatment options to consider. Talking treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or psychotherapy, as well as medication, could be some of the options of support available to you.
Before you go to see your doctor again, perhaps there is a close friend or family member you would feel able to confide in? This may help them to understand your situation better and enable them to support you more effectively. If possible, you might find it useful to take someone with you to see your doctor, to offer you support or help you explain your feelings.
For some, it can help to talk to others who are or have been going through a similar experience. BPD World provides a helpline specifically for people experiencing BPD on 0870 005 3273. In addition, there are a number of forums on the website, providing information, advice and mutual support.Alternatively, some people find it easier to talk to an impartial person, for example a trained helpline worker. Saneline is the national mental health helpline available to anyone affected by a mental health issue on 0845 767 8000. You will be able to talk through your situation in confidence and without judgement.
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