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Marsha, Marsha, MARSHA

At last, someone who is giving Borderline Personality Disorder a new image, a new spin, a positive focus and dispelling all of the myths surrounding this socially constructed disorder. 

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  • July 12, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    I was thrilled with I saw the article in the New York Times. It was indeed an act of enormous strength and courage.

    There are a couple of things about this blog post that distracted me a bit. First is the comment about the posthumous diagnosis of Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe as the comment that Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and Amy Whitehouse “appear to fulfill some of the criteria” of BPD.

    It’s my understanding of the ethical code for psychologists that we don’t diagnosis individuals we don’t have a personal relationship with. How is it fair, ethical, or accurate to offer a diagnosis of someone we haven’t personally evaluated? How can we know what the experience of a dead person?

    I think it’s a misuse of our skills to offer up diagnostic conjectures of celebrities we haven’t diagnosed. It isn’t okay to break our patient’s confidentiality by sharing their diagnosis with the general public. Why should it be ethical or legal to offer up a diagnosis of a person we haven’t even met (and thus don’t really understand or know?

    Here is a thoughtful article about this issue:

    My last thought is about the last statement in the post. “DBT is like non-invasive brain surgery and within twelve months you can be living a fuller, happier, more mindful and meaningful life.”

    DBT isn’t a panacea. DBT doesn’t solve everyone’s problem. It is disingenuous to the data, and to patients’ experience, to suggest that everyone is going to be better. Many do get better. Some don’t.

  • July 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Dear Jason,

    I have changed my wording to reflect your thoughts.

    I try not to define all BPD’s in the context of my own experience, but sometimes I may get it wrong and I thank you for your comments.

    Regards Sonia

  • July 13, 2011 at 3:45 am

    There is a good deal about your article that I think is excellent and certainly relevant. People don’t only get stuck with a label but stuck in it too.

    I thought I would mention that DBT is a very well recognised therapy model but that there are also additional models that look to engage the individual from various perspectives.

    One such model is mindfulness-based multi-dynamic therapy that combines psychodynamic concepts with a biopsychosocial perspective and mindfulness work. It places people within a context of their past and present and how they can develop resilience and personal responsibility in their understanding of themselves and their way of managing life. It’s based on extensive clinical and academic experience.

    There is a bestseller book based on this model called Life Happens. It takes one through each section in a clear and accessible manner as it is written specifically for the public (i.e. it’s not a textbook, as such). It comes with 3 hours of audio material that guides one through different mindfulness practices and it links the practices to the concepts in the book.

    Have a look at
    It’s currently in paperback with 2CDs but will be available in EBook and MP3 formats within a week or so.

    Cheryl Rezek (Clinical Psychologist)

  • June 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    A psychiatric unit is for crisis. In the past, many mental health professionals did not have the knowledge to understand BPD. What Marsha has done was exactly what we needed. Marsha Lineham is a real hero!!!
    It is an honor to help heal trauma. The sooner we can all have compassion for ourselves and others, the more awareness we will generate. There is also such a movement to change the DSM diagnosis, borderline, to something closer to the truth, such as chronitc reactive trauma disorder.


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