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i do not completly understand everthing and i was wondering if someone besides a doctor can explain to me what it is because they use big word that i do not understand I have borderline personality disorder PTSD PCD depression and anxiety and do not understand what people mean so if someone noes a little it would be helpfull

forever and always sadness
Hi Sadnesstakes,

I wish I could be more of a help to you with your confusion, but I don't know a lot about some of those disorders Sad I'll tell you what I do know, but I'm not sure how helpful it'll be to you.

Borderline Personaility Disorder- My knowledge here is limited. What I do know is that it deals with mood instability, so having your emotions go back and forth, especially with your feelings toward other people. Sorry, that's about all the details I have about this one Sad You could try either asking the doctor to explain to you in easier to understand words, or maybe try and get a book about it. You could also try reading a reliable website source, like http://www.bpdcentral.com.

Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder- PTSD is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a traumatic life event or time. It's basically your minds way of dealing with what happened to you. It usually involves flashbacks, and nightmares related to the traumatic event/ time, and avoidance of anything that reminds you of the event/ time, along with other symtoms of anxiety and depression.

PCD- I've never heard of this one, and I don't know what it stands for. Sorry Sad

Depression- Depression is another mood disorder, that involves mainly feeling very sad, unmotivated, down, and having low self- esteem/ self- worth.

Anxiety- It depends what kind of anxiety disorder you have, but genereally people with anxiety have a lot of excessive and usually irrational fear and worrying, sometimes centered on one thing, sometimes just in general.

Three more things: These are really general definitions and descriptions, so remember that each person will experience a slightly different version of the disorder, and that there's a lot more information on each. I just wasn't sure what kind of information you're looking for. Also, if you're having trouble understanding these problems, don't be afraid to ask your doctor for clarification, or seek out other sources (books, reliable websites)!

And finally, well it all may seem very overwhelming and hopeless, remember that all of these disorders are treatable, and people can and do live successful and functional lives with them. It just takes a lot of learning and practice Smile

Anyway, hope my answer is helpful to you in some way, and that it isn't too long. If you have any more specific questions about causes or symtoms, I'll do my best to answer them. Hope to talk to you soon, maybe see you in chat!

Take care,

- Joce
Hiya, Sadness Hi

How you doing at the moment? Not too bad, I hope? Smile

So . . . it sounds like you've been labelled! Well, personally, I'm not sure that even the doctors really understand what they're talking about when they use these diagnostic labels, so don't blame yourself for feeling confused.

On the North American continent, names for different mental disorders are published in something called a DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and are designed to help doctors and psychiatrists, etc, in trying to find out what's wrong with their patients or clients. They never really make a lot of sense to the patients/clients and other members of the general public because each of us is an individual, each of us is different in our own way, and we don't like having a label slapped on us. These labels aren't like the diagnoses a physician or GP might make when for example, they run a blood test and tell you that you have diabetes, or take an X-ray and diagnose a broken bone, etc, etc. Psychological "diagnoses" are more like educated guesses or hypotheses based on the signs and symptoms the doctor/therapist thinks they can see in your case. It's often very imprecise, very vague, and very tentative. Sad

To make matters worse, the sheer number of new "disorders" they invent, and include in each new edition of this DSM manual, keeps growing and growing: in the first edition, back in 1952, there were 106 disorders listed; the latest one has 297!

Anxiety (where you're worrying a lot and feeling panicky) and Depression (where you feel flattened out, mentally exhausted and filled with long-lasting sadness or misery) — these are things which I'm sure you already understand all too well, right?

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is what the doctors call a collection of symptoms which usually result from some truly awful shock or trauma in the person's life. Natural disasters, wars and childhood abuse are probably the most common origins for this, and people with PTSD frequently suffer badly from high anxiety, deep depression, nightmares and flashbacks, etc. The memories of what happened to them in the past become deeply embedded in the unconscious, and this makes it very hard for them to lead a normal and happy life until they receive proper treatment.

BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) is a label doctors use to describe a set of symptoms where the patient shows very disturbed behaviour, lots of wild mood swings, often switching quickly from anxiety to anger to depression, backwards and forwards. A lot of doctors nowadays are trying to have the name changed to something like "Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder" since this seems a more meaningful way of describing how their patients feel and behave.

"PCD"? Not sure, but was this a typo, and you meant OCD? Tell me if I'm wrong there? Smile

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is best described this way: every single one of us, no matter who we are or how stressful our lives may be, needs a sense of control. We need to feel that we are "master of our destiny", if you like. It's an illusion, really, because there are always so very many things in life that we just can't control. But at least some basic sense of being in control of our own lives is essential to our wellbeing, a process that starts when we leave childhood behind and become adolescents, and matures when we reach adulthood.

But some of us have the bad luck to live in circumstances where we feel we have no control over our life whatsoever, things are chaotic, stressful, even painful for us and we would give anything to be able to change things, to take control instead of feeling like a victim of other people or other things around us.

Often in situations like this, we look for some way — even just some tiny little thing — that will make us feel better, a way of coping and feeling that, here at least, we have some control over things. An example might be a person, whose life is chaotic and highly stressful, deciding to clean the house. Cleaning the house makes them feel a little better when they're doing it, but when they've finished and the place is spotless the rest of their life is still a mess, so . . . they immediately start cleaning again, because while they're doing it it makes them feel better. It does nothing really to solve any of their deeper problems, but it makes them feel better.

Other examples might be a person washing themselves over and over again, or performing complicated rituals over the simplest of tasks. Whatever the thing they focus on and become obsessive about, it becomes a habit that's increasingly hard for them to break — because it's constantly fuelled by the anxiety they feel in the rest of their life.

OCD can take many, many forms and can be very serious, or it can be quite mild. I suspect everyone, healthy people as well, has a little bit of the OCD in them.


Anyway, Sadness, as I said before, the exact diagnostic labels a doctor or therapist decides on when treating a person are designed to help them to understand your general situation better and therefore help you. Psychological labels need to be taken with a pinch of salt, not too seriously: they're basically informed guesses about what's wrong with you. The real question you should be asking them is, "Never mind about your labels, what are you going to do to help me?"

Hope my long-winded reply has helped put things in a better perspective for you, anyway. Stay in touch, Sadness, keep fighting the good fight and let us know how you're getting on. As Joce has said, you can get better and, with your doctor's help, you will. Smile

Take care, mate.


thamks joce amd gord. and yes i meant OCD
these definition were alot esier to understand

love forever and always
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