In February 2007 I enrolled myself in the partial hospitalization program. It was there that I was diagnosed with BPD. I currently am in a DBT program that is comprised of group and individual therapy. It has been incredibly helpful, practical and life changing. I am grateful to have this second lease on life.
The most inspiring part of the program was hearing the stories of others. Somehow we learned compassion, gained strength and provided hope to others. This is what I've been looking for since I've left the program. It is my hope to find that here with you.
I can only realize that hope with your participation and commitment. We ourselves are the only ones who can make that first step. I know now that we are not alone in rebuilding our lives, learning new coping skills and yes, just plain and simply, living.
This is my message today, to gather us together and meet up. I am committed to making this work and making it worthwhile for those who participate. I have begun to plan future meetups with guest speakers, engagements and events. Please join me... together we can create something special.
PS: We encourage you to talk and discuss treatments and stories, hope and fears, what has worked and what hasn't... but please refrain from discussing specific forms of self-injury
. We can generalize and say "I had an urge" or "I have been self-injuring" but please refrain from saying "Last week I did _____." Many times detailed descriptions hit too close to home and for some can actually trigger an urge in and of itself. I hope that makes sense for everyone and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask the organizer in private. Thank you again for your cooperation.
It is understood by the organizers and those who participate in these support groups that although we are sensitive and supportive of the group's needs, we cannot provide the personal attention and care that a licensed therapist, psychiatrist, or professionally trained organization can offer. We are a peer-led group and based on that one must be understanding of our limitations.
These meetings are in no way intended to be used as a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment. A support group is not a therapy group. The focus is on supportive communication and meeting, but not on resolution of deeper issues. Support groups can be very positive experiences. However it is possible that deeper issues may be triggered, especially for those with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is therefore important that involvement in support groups be discussed with a trained therapist.