Friday, December 12, 2014
borderline personality disorder (BPD) is complex and I can only imagine what my daughter who has been recently diagnosed is feeling because I'm feeling pretty lost
I've been reading a lot of books about BPD
how it's often misdiagnosed
when your child is a toddler you think - oh it's a phase -
the terrible twos......
......the awkward tweens........
.................................the rebellious teens....................................................................................
and then one day you look at her and see that she's the same age you were when you got married
and it's not a phase
she didn't out grow the rages, the black and white thinking, the anger
did I do something wrong?
why didn't I get her help sooner?
when I did get her help why didn't they help her?
so many labels have been tossed her way
- only none of them quite fit her and the prescribed/recommended treatments didn't help
the best way I can describe my daughter is like this
"there was a little girl
who had a little curl
right in the middle of her forehead
when she was good
when was very, very good
but when she was bad she was horrid"
I have had years of unsolicited advice from well intentioned family and friends
"she's just looking for attention"
"she's acting out"
"she's a brat"
followed with "you need to......"
she isn't a bad person- she has a heart as big as the universe and would give her last penny away to someone in need
she takes on other peoples problems because she wants to help them and ends up getting hurt
and kind hearted
and so full of life and feelings
she just feels things differently than everyone else and more intensely
one other thing I am feeling is
this is not a death sentence
in fact there are many testimonials from people who have been in the emotional roller coaster hell that is BPD
and with the help of therapy, medication and the love and support of family and friends she can live a fairly even life
it hurts to have to watch her go through what I can only describe as emotional growing pains
there are setbacks-
she'll stop her meds for whatever reason
or self medicate
or start self destructive behaviors
- like it's a test to see if I still love her- I STILL LOVE HER
There are days when I want to curl in a ball and cry - like I said before I can only imagine how she must be feeling- days when I ask god to give her pain to me because I'm her mom and I can do this because I don't want her to hurt anymore.
I'm strong- take me instead.