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It is widely recognised that carers of people diagnosed with Personality Disorders have the lowest levels of well being of any group in society today.  High levels of emotional distress are common among PD carers and understandably, many struggle to cope.  Regretfully, the needs of PD carers are often ignored by mental health services and many carers feel totally isolated, unsupported and helpless.  With this in mind I have put together this blog to keep all carers informed of any new developments in services within the UK as they come in and direct you to the website http://carers4pd.co.uk, where over time we hope to build a” reference library” of information and aspire to provide online support groups for England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a distressing mental illness that is conservatively estimated to affect between 2-10% of the UK population. Although it can also have genetic origins, it is widely acknowledged that the catalyst factors of BPD are firmly rooted in traumatic childhood experiences. In many cases these often include real or perceived instances of physical, sexual or mental abuse. Diagnosable BPD usually emerges after adolescence and it is generally pervasive. Those affected find it incredibly difficult to control their emotions and the resultant emotional instability can lead to instances of self harming behaviors – e.g. eating disorders, cutting & substance abuse. BPD sufferers may also have an acute fear of abandonment or rejection. Consequently many go to great lengths to prevent real or imagined instances of this. Bouts of uncontrollable anger and disruptive or manipulative behavior are triggered by fear. This, and self-harm, are only outward signs of the acute emotional torment that exists within the BPD person. BPD is an excruciatingly distressful mental illness. It has been unjustly stigmatised by people who have no understanding of its complexity. High levels of recovery from BPD can be achieved with specialist help from Mental Health Services.

 

The high prevalence of BPD may dictate the nature of much of the information and advice on our online groups, but be assured that Carers4PD seeks to provide safe online support groups for all Personality Disorder Carers to be able to express their concerns, fears and frustrations and to share helpful information with each other on both a regional and national basis.  In many areas of the UK, the primary source of support and information for carers is other carers. We all endeavour to help and support each other. This forum is run by carers, for carers. Confidentiality is assured for all. Only Carers are permitted to access the forums

 

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