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I thought it might be helpful to tell you a bit about myself, and my mental-health journey over the years (this is a mental-health blog, after all) so you don’t feel entirely like a stranger is talking at you through your screen. So…
From the age of fourteen I struggled with anorexia, bulimia, depression and self-harm, along with a myriad of other mental-health related issues. After almost 25 years of suffering with intense and unmanageable emotional distress, which impacted on all areas of my life, I was finally diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I then began an 18 month, full-time, intensive group therapy course of treatment where I learned to manage my impulsive and destructive behaviours.
It has been a long and difficult road, but I have travelled further than I could have imagined when I was in the darkest of places. The truth is, BPD CAN be managed! With the right treatment and support, it is possible to live with and manage all the associated behaviours of borderline, and to live happily.
Nowadays I write with with the hope of informing friends and family, encouraging both sufferers and carers, and inspiring anyone who suffers with mental-health problems particularly BPD that there is, always, hope. I hope my writing can help break the terrible stigma and sense of shame that surrounds mental illnesses, whilst also raising awareness.
I do not, and can not offer any solutions to how mental-health is managed by my readers. I am only able to share my own experiences and, whether you are a fellow suffer or a partner, family member or friend of someone who is suffering, I hope that it helps you to understand, or to feel understood, and I hope I can offer you hope.
If you have any questions, or would like me to write about anything specific – or if you just have nice things to say to me, please contact me via messenger, or a tweet @thetracybarker. If you like my blogs so much that you never want to miss another one just pop your email in the subscription form.
To find out more about my journey so far, you can buy my book A Sad and Sorry State of Disorder – a Journey into Borderline Personality Disorder (and out the other side) here.
NB: If you are feeling suicidal or wanting to self-harm please talk to someone you trust and get help. Details of organisations that may be able to help can be found here.