A diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, like a diagnosis of many other mental illnesses, carries with it an unfair stigma that engenders unwarranted apprehension on the part of the general public.
Borderline personality disorder carries unfair stigma
May 26, 2016
By John Hartsock
Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington, has pioneered a therapeutic approach known as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) that has been used with great efficacy in the treatment of many people with borderline personality disorder.
Dialectical behavioral therapy focuses on the concept of mindfulness, or being attentive to the current situation, rather than dwelling on the past or being apprehensive about the future.
The causes of borderline personality disorder, like the causes of other forms of mental illness, are varied and complex.
Genetics and heredity often play a crucial role, but factors such as environmental life stressors and the experience of trauma can bring about the development and/or exacerbation of symptoms.
Linehan herself and Brandon Marshall, a wide receiver with the National Football League’s Chicago Bears, have publicly disclosed their own struggles with borderline personality disorder.
The success and personal accomplishments that both have experienced in their lives have given thousands of people afflicted with BPD hope.