Do I Have Borderline Disorder? | Black Sheep Project

 

Do I have Borderline Disorder?

 

Welcome to the Black Sheep Project. We are a community for everyone affected by Borderline Disorder*, working to dramatically increase awareness, erase stigmas and connect each other with effective clinical practices, research and advocates. Borderline Disorder stems from disturbances in brain pathways that regulate emotion and impulse control, affecting different people in different ways. Borderline Disorder is a real medical disorder defined by a pattern of impulsivity and instability in interpersonal relationships and self-image.

 

* Within this website, we refer to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) as Borderline Disorder (BD) in an effort to reduce the stigma of the current disorder label.

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Borderline Disorder is complex, and understanding how it may affect you can help you know which resources will support you the most.

The purpose of this simple self-assessment is not to provide you with a diagnosis (only a trained clinical professional can do that), but to give you a sense of how the dimensions of Borderline Disorder may be affecting your life. 

This self-assessment takes most people 2-4 minutes to complete. Once completed, you’ll see how your responses fit with the criteria many clinical professionals use to discuss Borderline Disorder.

After you have taken the quiz, we recommend that you explore the I Got This section of the website to find in depth information on the disorder, inspirational stories and further resources.

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Here are some of the resources the Black Sheep Project has selected that you may be interested in. Visit the Black Sheep Project’s online store for more books and for the complete line of Black Sheep Project’s branded gear. All sales go to support growing awareness, erasing stigmas, and funding research and teaching.

Borderline Personality Disorder Demystified, Revised Edition An Essential Guide for Understanding and Living with BPD

By Robert O. Friedel, M.D. with Linda F. Cox, LCSW and Karin Friedel

Dr. Friedel helps readers understand the causes and course of Borderline Disorder, the complexities of diagnosing it, suggests strategies for those affected by the disorder and encourages them to take responsibility for their own treatment path - finding effective medications, therapies, and skills. His experience and expertise are both personal and clinical, offering you a unique and valuable perspective. This book is helpful not just to those who have the Disorder themselves, but also to families and clinicians, offering a sound grasp on the etiology of Borderline Disorder that serves to dispel many of its myths and stigmas.

 
Lost in the Mirror: An Inside Look at Borderline Personality Disorder

By Richard Moskovitz, M.D.
 
A unique book that takes readers behind the behind Borderline Disorder, examining the causes the lie underneath and the pain and fear below its surface. Moskovitz provides a compelling and compassionate view of what it feels like to live with Borderline Disorder. Mixed with clinical knowledge and therapeutic hope, this book will help anyone who is interested in Borderline Disorder to better understand its complexities. His advice is practical, using everyday experiences to express his opinions. This book is welcoming, empathetic and helps its readers to truly understand what feels like to have Borderline. 

 
Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)

By Scott E. Spradlin

This workbook is for anyone who wants to get control of their emotions and their life. This book uses the techniques of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to teach you how to give attention to feelings as they arise, evaluate the issues that may control them, and suggestions for how to overcome those issues to diffuse your sense of overwhelming feeling. You will learn what your emotional triggers are and how to be less judgemental of yourself. You will also come to understand the impact of painful feelings and how to strengthen the effects of positive feelings to help you deal with stress and gain a greater sense of overall calmness. This workbook is a mix of skills and techniques for the highest reactors among us, helping us to gain control of our emotions with amazing results.