May is BPD Awareness month, but living with and around this emotionally charged diagnosis is nothing a gray ribbon can represent alone. Borderline Personality Disorder requires community, options, education, and advocacy. Listed in this blog are five resources from professional and non-profit organizations and mainstream media that are helpful, digestible, and empowering.
- National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
NEABPD is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with a mission to increase awareness of and research for BPD. The organization hosts educational trainings, presentations, and an annual conference. NEABPD provides resources, advice, and options for those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and their families.
- Emotions Matter
Emotions Matter is also a nonprofit organization that focuses on BPD advocacy, awareness, and connection. This organization is all about helping people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder feel connected and empowered to live a life worth living. They host conferences, awareness walks and events, and support groups. They also provide political advocacy.
- Behavioral Tech
BTech is an organization that provides professionals with training, resources, and research on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the leading treatment for borderline personality disorder. They website offers information on DBT clinical trainings and a database of therapists who have received DBT training or have been certified in DBT by the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification.
- DBT for Dummies
DBT for Dummies is a book written by Dr Gillian Galen and Dr Blaise Aguirre. It is one of the most concise explanations of borderline personality disorder and how to treat the diagnosis to manage emotions and live a life worth living. This book is a helpful tool for professionals, advocates, and those living with BPD.
- BPD in pop culture
Last but not least, it is always helpful to know that you are not alone on this journey. Seeing, reading about, and hearing from people with and around BPD can encourage and inspire others. Here are some links to recognize borderline personality disorder in popular culture.
Pete Davidson on living with BPD: