I Got This
I Got This is a rallying cry we use at the Black Sheep Project to keep one truth at the forefront of our efforts and yours: that people who have, or may have, Borderline Disorder can gain control over their lives.
Every day, people like you are learning how to live thriving, successful lives with Borderline Disorder. With the Black Sheep Project, you’ll find a combination of support, knowledge, and resources to help as you progress. Here you have a chance to understand what the Disorder may mean for you in your life and to advocate for yourself around your own treatment and therapy, using the knowledge you find to take responsibility for your choices and your journey. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll also find a community of people who are sharing their stories about living with Borderline Disorder, finding their way forward and saying, “I Got This.”
By engaging with the Black Sheep Project, you are helping to nurture an inclusive community, an inviting space to build trust and honor people’s diverse experiences, perspectives, knowledge, and ideas. Our strength as a community comes from our shared experience and compassion and is enriched by our capacity to share our stories, to listen, to hear, and to know the struggles and successes of others.
Exploring the BD-101 part of the Black Sheep Project’s “I Got This” section will provide you with context for you to inform yourself and your voice. It is essentially a course in what Borderline Disorder is, discussions on co-occurring Disorders that may be present, and valuable resources and research. Our BD-101 page includes a Borderline Disorder Self-Assessment to help you evaluate your daily behaviors and serves as a conversation starter between you and your physician or mental health provider around your concerns. The “I Got This” section offers you valuable discussions on genetic causes and environmental risk factors, therapies, medications, inpatient treatment options, a section of working skills, a “how to” guide for important conversations with your loved ones about your diagnosis, a world map showing how broad our the Black Sheep Community is, and a section on how to take responsibility for your choices and create daily practices for yourself that will sustain you over your journey. There is also practical advice and real tools to help you find a clinician and sustain a team of clinical professionals, advocates, support groups, and/or others who can support you in creating a plan for the days ahead and will help you to stay positive and moving forward.
Here at the Black Sheep Project, we define Borderline Disorder according to four behavioral “dimensions” that are common among those affected by the Disorder. These behaviors include 1) poorly regulated emotions, 2) impulsivity, 3) impaired perception and reasoning, and 4) markedly disturbed relationships. Borderline DIsorder often occurs in relationship with other co-occurring disorders which may include: mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, anxiety/panic disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other personality disorders.
Another way to help place the impact of the Disorder into context for yourself is to understand the roles different co-occurring disorders may play in your life. Many co-occurring disorders are, in and of themselves, individual mental health diagnoses. This can sometimes seem overwhelming. Remember, with the Black Sheep Project, you don’t have to struggle with any of this alone.
We encourage you to listen to the stories of others and consider sharing your Black Sheep Story on our site. Your voice is unique and your story is unique. No one's experience is exactly the same and what you share may inspire someone else in their journey. Shop our gear and explore our resources. Volunteer to help our community grow, raising awareness, and dispelling the myths around Borderline Disorder. You and your voice matter.