What is your diagnosis?
Borderline Personality Disorder/ Chronic Depressive Disorder/ Generalised Anxiety Disorder
How long have you had a mental illness or became aware of it?
Have you tried therapy? What kind? Was it helpful?
I have tried generic councilling, which has helped to control impulsivity. I am six weeks into psychoanalysis which has been distressing.
What are some coping skills you use when your symptoms are happening?
Power walking/ listening to music/ reading
Do you have a support system? Family? Friends? Both?
Do you think your family understand your diagnosis/mental illness?
They try to understand, but don’t really grasp the severity of it and how it impacts upon every waking moment
How has your mental illness/diagnosis affeted your life?
Hugely. It is an fundamental part of me- I regard it as an additional limb. It’s a constant weight and presence. It was exhausting battle pretending it didn’t impact on my life, so I’ve reluctan tly accepted I have a serious, progressive, life altering illness.
Where do you see your self in 10 years?
I have no idea. I just want to live through today.
Do you have anymore questions for me?