Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Comments by Jeremy

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  • “That being said, the vast, overwhelming majority of people I’ve known (and I’ve known a lot, as I work with a traumatized population) diagnosed as “Borderline Personality Disorder” had significant childhood trauma histories. From what I understand of DBT, it focuses a lot on developing emotional management skills, to which I have no real objection. But if people are receiving DBT for “BPD” and no one is discussing the likely traumatization that underlies this “condition,” I agree, they are doing their clients a huge disservice.”

    Yes and also the creators/proponents of DBT are not addressing trauma, they are saying that it is biosocial in origin.

  • “Oh, and CREEP OUT about the therapist getting a hard on in front of you! ”

    What do you mean ?

    “At least he had the decency to realize he was unable to help, though again it sounded like you were blamed instead of him admitting he had boundary problems that kept him from being a good therapist.”

    It’s too bad he didn’t realize that at the beginning before he tortured me. The man is still out there torturing women.

  • “I believe the behaviors that are characteristic of BPD are ALL learned in therapy. They are bad habits picked up in treatment and encouraged by the providers. It is the providers that LOVE a crisis. it keeps them in the business, and it maintains their rescuer status. They are addicted to keeping their patients sick, and diagnosis does a darned good job of keeping people repeatedly doing those behaviors.”

    You hit the nail on the head Julie.

  • I was curious on the anti psychiatry movement’s feelings on DBT. On one hand the DBT framework seems essentially anti psychiatry to some degree since it advocates psychotherapy rather than medication and also encourages not placing BPD patients in the hospital if they are “suicidal.”

    I found this helpful, particularly the critique of giving DBT to people. I was diagnosed as “almost BPD” and given DBT therapy. I feel that in the end this did more harm than good, because the DBT seemed to work well and it was the only thing that remotely addressed the repeated child rape that I suffered (it never fixed my symptoms more half way), I concluded that I must have been BPD. I feel that the DBT world and the psychotherapeutic profession did me an immense disservice by never informing me that the symptoms I was suffering were the result of trauma. I really wanted to get to the root of my problem but I was given no road map or clues and I was allowed to take the shame on myself and blame my genetics/biology.

    I didn’t want to discuss my child rape out of humiliation but a few years later eventually the trauma blew up again when my abuser was about to abuse another child and the abusive DBT expert (but this is another story) I was seeing at that point refused to discuss my child abuse, a close friend I tried to open up with told me, “It wasn’t abuse because you didn’t know at the time.” At that point I both suffered intense PTSD and flashbacks and I finally had to confront the trauma at the root of those symptoms and start putting together the pieces of what was at the root of my mental health difficulties. I feel that the DBT world and the psychotherapeutic profession did me an immense disservice by never talking about trauma, not to mention leaving another child at risk of this happening to them.

    Oh did I mention that while this was going on my DBT expert therapist decided to “drop me” as a patient after having an erection in front of me? On one hand this was a blessing in disguise since I got away from him (I never would have seen him or been abused by him if I hadn’t thought that as a DBT expert he had the keys to what was at the root of my problem).