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Looking Back on 31 Years After My Borderline Diagnosis

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Thirty-one years ago, in 1990, there was no Internet and there were no cell phones. It’s hard to remember what that time was like.

No social media, no Uber, no Netflix. Thirty-one years ago, in 1990, I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

I was 29 years old. The diagnosis followed my second suicide attempt. I’d already had a six month and a four month inpatient admission for anorexia at 27 and 28 and the psychiatrists had thrown in major depressive disorder for good measure. BPD Criteria per DSM-III-R.

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