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Michele’s story

When I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar II, I felt more judgment than I ever had before.

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When I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar II, I felt more judgment than I ever had before. Reading things online made people with BPD as if they were crazy, terrible people, and to not be around them. I’ve felt that I am a crazy person, and no one would ever want to be close to me because of the emotions that I struggle to maintain.

How did you overcome this experience?

I’ve tried to speak out; sharing educational articles on my social media pages to help tell them about who I am. I am a good person, with a brain that is wired differently. I hope they pass them along to their pages as well.

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You have a physical condition. You are a beautiful, strong person. Our brains are different, and that’s okay. Reach out for help. Stick to your treatment plans, and find support among peers and those close to you.

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