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How Labeling Myself as ‘Borderline’ Actually Empowers Me

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We are often told in mental health treatments and therapy to not label ourselves as the diagnosis, to see ourselves as “more than a label.” I can certainly appreciate this, and how this can be an important perspective which I have applied in my own life in the past.

However, at this stage in my borderline personality disorder (BPD) recovery journey, I have come to understand that calling myself “borderline” and labeling myself can be positive, leading to deeper self-love, self-compassion, and understanding of myself.

I firmly believe in the importance of treatment and therapy for BPD. It’s is a severe, and life-threatening mental illness, so I am careful not to glamorize it.

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