A short documentary-style video has been released to educate the public and
the medical community about borderline personality disorder (BPD), an
increasingly diagnosed and yet, to many, relatively obscure mental illness."
Back From the Edge" features first-person accounts by people who
have the disorder and their family members and information from leading
clinicians and researchers.
According to the nonprofit Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center
at New York Presbyterian Hospital, approximately 10 million Americans, or 2
percent of the U.S. population, have BPD. About 75 percent of them are women.
In fact, according to Otto Kernberg, M.D., the center's clinical director, the
condition is actually two to three times more prevalent than bipolar disorder
or schizophrenia, and yet many people have never heard of it,
"Due to the complexities of this diagnosis, an extraordinarily large
number of people go misdiagnosed for years before receiving proper
treatment," said Kernberg. "But once they begin getting the right
treatment and support, many people with [BPD] can sustain loving relationships
and enjoy meaningful careers."
More information about BPD and the Borderline Personality Disorder
Resource Center, as well as ordering instructions for "Back From the
Edge," is posted at<www.bpdresourcecenter.org>.▪