I do not agree with or like self-diagnosis but do not have access to professional diagnosis at this time. I am also not sure what getting a diagnosis would achieve when the BPD-like-ness is pretty dormant right now. My latest counsellor did agree that PTSD was likely as a diagnosis for me, even though she was not a shrink as such and so not able to formally diagnose me herself. We did not discuss BPD but we did talk about my almost-schizophrenia-like episode at uni along with my fears of schizophrenia due to the incidence of that in both sides of my family. Bear in mind that my self-diagnosis of multiple sclerosis came many years before the professionals would agree that that was, in fact, what I had.
So, if you know someone with mental health conditions such as depression, BPD, PTSD or schizophrenia, you need to read these posts. Mill is also training in psychology and a trained counsellor. These posts are written from the POV of the person with BPD as well as, occasionally, from the POV of the therapist/mental health professional. She is dealing with symptoms, medication, how to talk to the person with BPD, how to deal with their violence, how to cope with having the condition yourself and many other useful and well written topics. I have even added her to my LJFriends so as not to miss any posts from her.</li>