I was severely mistreated by a staff member because of my diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. I nearly died and she ended up being convicted of abuse of a vulnerable adult. After that I was understandably angry and was frequently criticized for my unreasonable hostility and paranoia by professionals who didn’t know my background. This happened more than 20 years ago. I have a master’s degree and work in behavioral health. I was rediagnosed long ago. I never had BPD. I I mention to other professionals that people can be abused because of being diagnosed BPD, they say it never happens. They don’t know about my story. I can’t afford for them to know, even though I wish I could openly tell my story and advocate for them. My therapist knows my story and we are working to resolve the PTSD that was a result of what happened. If you work in mental health, don’t ever assume you know people’s real stories. They may be hiding something from you for a good reason.