Anonymous asked: I cant remember if i asked you this already (and sorry if i have) but when u go to a pysch what do u say do u say "i think i have ___" or do you just start listing symptoms? Thank you so much Answer: I don’t think there’s is a real Right Way to do this. My advice would be to let your psych know what research you’ve done, and let them know which symptoms you’re experiencing, how often you experience them, and maybe list them on a scale of 1-10 based on how severe they are. (For example, “I experience chronic feelings of emptiness almost every day, and the feelings range anywhere from a 6 to an 8 in severity.”) Also, ask questions! Ask your psych to let you know which diagnoses they are considering. If they don’t think it’s BPD, what other options are they looking at? Remember, the patient has the right to ask questions.
Another option could be to fill out the BPD checklist and simply hand it to your psych. I’m not sure if anyone has done this or if it was actually helpful, but that was another big reason I made the checklist was to help people better communicate their symptoms with their doctors and therapists.