Protagonist Posted January 3, 2009 Share Posted January 3, 2009 Greetings, people with personality disorders in the place to be! I am called Protagonist, and I have bipolar disorder, but I've met my share of folks with personality disorders and some of my friends have one or the other. Lately I have been very curious about Axis II diagnoses and personality disorders in particular because it is one area of psych that I know little about, so I have been researching. I went to the library to look them up, and I was very, very, very disturbed by what I found. Every time I've researched my own diagnosis (bipolar,) I run into survivor memoirs, Patty Duke's biography, books like "Bipolar Disorder for Dummies" and volumes on various treatments and their supposed effectiveness. I look up personality disorders, and what do I find? There are maybe TWO books that explain borderline personality disorder for those suffering with it and other interested parties, and none on any other disorder. Every other book had some really ridiculous title like "Surviving Sociopaths" and "Saying Goodbye to Personality Disordered Individuals," and featured this long, oversimplified checklists so that the reader could discover whether some person they didn't get along with was, in fact, "personality disordered." There were about THREE books that flat-out compared people with Antisocial Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder to vampires. I'm not making that up: VAMPIRES. What. The. Hell. (Insert sparkle joke here, Twilight fans.) Every single one of the read like some kind of bizarre Axis II safari. It might as well have been that dead crocodile guy saying, in an enthusiastic accent, "Be very quiet! We're hunting the RARE American Borderline in his natural habitat!" I think what bothered me the most was the books that seemed entirely focused on "helping" people identify and avoid those with personality disorders. Half the time, it did not even sound like the authors considered these folks human. They made huge generalizations and never once wrote about how these disorders happen and how they're treated. It was all, "Sociopaths are incapable of knowing right from wrong, or even caring about other human beings," and "Borderlines thrive on drama and manipulation - don't get caught in their web!" How the hell do you guys put up with this shit? If someone wrote some book on how to identify and avoid the "dangerous and violent manic depressives," I'd flip out. I know that bipolar disorder has much less stigma nowadays, but the amount of stigma these assholes seem to be attaching to personality disorders seems way worse than anything I've seen before. Do these pop authors really think that telling everyone to "avoid personality-disordered individuals" will somehow help the situation? I realize that it takes a special type of friend to really be there for someone when they're struggling with mental illness and that some folks would probably just make things worse. But having people treat you like a vampire with leprosy just CAN'T be good for anyone. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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