How Can We Expect Borderline Personality Disorder Patients to Trust Mental Health Services When the Staff Don’t Trust Them?

How Can We Expect Borderline Personality Disorder Patients to Trust Mental Health Services When the Staff Don’t Trust Them?

I am struggling with a paradox. How come theories of borderline personality disorder (BPD) recognize that there may be good historical reasons for mistrusting figures of authority, yet brutally insist on submission to certain potentially quite toxic ideas to get any help? Borderline personality disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis given to people who experience things like a fear of abandonment, unstable relationships, extreme emotional turbulence, rage, and disconnection. As a diagnosis, it lacks scientific reliability and validity to such an extent that even psychiatric nosologists (those who classify disorders) are somewhat embarrassed that it continues to be used. Yet this is not the only reason why...

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