The sad truth about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is that there is an overwhelming amount of misinformation out there, that is actually extremely harmful and counterproductive. This isn’t limited to what’s available on the internet. Many mental health professionals also have a poor understanding of BPD. This is at least partially due to the fact that much of our education focuses on Axis I disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.), while Axis II disorders (e.g. personality disorders) typically receive a lot less attention.
However, in my first year as a therapist I was fortunate enough to meet a couple of really well informed, highly experienced and helpful mentors who took the time to educate me about the realities of BPD. They provided me with valuable supervision, as I gradually took on a caseload of clients suffering from cluster b personality disorders (Axis II disorders), with just mild cases of depression and anxiety (Axis I disorders). Through this learning process, I found that I truly enjoyed working with this population. This was confusing for me, as my experiences were conflicting with what I had previously learned in school and had been warned about. This prompted me to seek out as much information as I could from a variety of sources about cluster b disorders.