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As an Author, Life Coach, BPD/Mental Health Coach, I know first-hand that recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder is very possible because I recovered from BPD in 1995. I also coach many clients with BPD that are in the active process of recovery now. I know what recovery from BPD is, means, looks like, feels like, and what it entails because I have been through it. And, an important point I want to stress for you to think about today, if you have BPD, is that when I recovered in 1995 – which was an unfolding process over eight years that culminated in recovery as the result of a 7 month out-patient group therapy experience that was eclectic but mainly based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) – I did not take psychiatric medication. This is how and why I know that medication, while it can be helpful in some cases, for some period of limited time in conjunction with therapy, is not in any way what makes or breaks recovery.


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Is there only one way to recovery? Yes and no. First the no. Of course there are many ways to take the journey of recovery that unfolds in what are common ways for each and everyone who will recover from BPD. Each person has their own unique way of unwinding all that BPD really is and means. The yes, in terms of there being only one way to recovery, refers to something I believe very strongly – medication is not going to help in your actual recovery.

Make no mistake about this, medication cannot and will not cure you. It is not a panacea. It does not make recovery possible. In fact, in way too many cases medication actually hinders recovery from BPD. That’s right, hinders it, blocks it, and keeps you stuck. Why do I say this? Simply because most medications will dull your ability to think clearly and to be open to what you are actually feeling. Both being aware of what you are thinking and being able to access the experience of what you are feeling, no matter how overwhelming, are two crucial aspects to gaining the awareness needed to get on and stay on the road to recovery from BPD.

 

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Borderline Personality Disorder – Recovery is Possible!