About Me: Female, 40, Odessa, MO, member since Sep 2010
I am a 31 yr old mother of three children. I have been struggling with several mental and emotional illnesses/disorders since youth. BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) is my primary diagnosis in which is a contributing factor as well as the result of all my other hin
[More]dering illnesses: PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorder as well as OCD. I am obsessed with writing both poetry as well as journal entries, documenting and describing the world in which I live in. I often wondered why I was "cursed" with this chronically painful and confusing illness yet had the gift (as well as obsession) of writing. Through the years, I have done extensive research on mental illnesses and the support and treatment available. Unfortunately, this disorder is often ignored or even misdiagnosed because of its stigma within the Psychiatric Profession. BPD patients are deemed the "most dreaded" patient because treatment requires much time, patience, and is most often very costly (in which many people can not afford as not enough assistance or funding is provided or available to cover all the expenses for long term treatment for low income or less fortunate individuals suffering). Finally, I came to the conclusion that I no longer wanted to hide or shame myself because of my illness but instead embrace my gift of writing to help inform others, bring more awareness to the matter and possibly help make a difference. I am currently writing my memoir, based upon my journal entries for the last 18 years. Knowing your not alone, in this seemingly endless battle, is key for all suffering.
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