The Alarming Trend of Teens Self-Diagnosing BPD on TikTok


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Apparently, teens on TikTok have been diagnosing themselves with borderline character disorder.Obviously, any person who thinks they have BPD really should be evaluated and formallly diagnosed by a psychiatric experienced.

Per the Child Mind Institute, “There’s been a lot of talk lately about psychiatric challenges that can emerge in the teenage years — especially borderline personality disorder. And it’s coming from a surprising place: TikTok. Teenagers, most of them girls, are sharing raw accounts of extreme emotions and self-destructive behaviors they attribute to BPD. Millions of teens are watching them. As a result, we’re hearing reports that a lot of kids are diagnosing themselves with BPD, even though emotional volatility is a typical characteristic of adolescence.”

I wasn’t diagnosed with BPD till I was 29 years old, in 1990. There was no Internet or social media at the time. Neither my loved ones nor I had ever heard of BPD. I’d currently been diagnosed with and hospitalized for anorexia, and been diagnosed with significant depressive disorder. I was cutting myself and had attempted suicide twice. I had no sense of self and feelings of emptiness and chaos had been my norm.

A recent Wall Street Journal short article explored why “Doctors around the country say they’re seeing more teens coming in with self-diagnoses derived from TikTok,” which includes uncommon mental overall health difficulties like borderline-character disorder and a number of-character disorder.

Early diagnosis of BPD indicates early intervention and therapy which will hopefully lead to a positive outcome. If young people today can stay away from dealing with BPD and its effects on their lives and functioning all through their adult years, that is the preferred objective.

Being diagnosed so late in my life, I lost a lot of my thirties, forties, and fifties to BPD. It was only a likelihood referral to my former psychiatrist, Dr. Lev, who specialized in transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), and the work we did with each other that saved my life and gave me a life worth living. That intensive therapy followed a 10-month remain on a lengthy-term DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) inpatient unit especially for people today diagnosed with BPD. I’m not saying the DBT didn’t assist me it gave me a foundation of abilities to be in a position to tolerate the intense feelings that arose for the duration of TFP. Even even though I’ve been out of therapy for years now, I continue to use some of the DBT abilities, such as Radical Acceptance, Wise Mind, and Mindfulness.

A Word to Parents: Borderline Personality Disorder is a frightening and heavily stigmatized diagnosis for a youngster, but get them therapy early. DBT is generally the initial-line therapy, but if DBT does not appear to work for your youngster, do not give up: Other therapies are out there as properly. Full and sustained recovery from BPD is most surely doable and so is the possible to live a complete and productive life.

© Andrea Rosenhaft

Source: © Andrea Rosenhaft



Originally published in www.psychologytoday.com