BPD Awareness Month (75% Women,25% Men diagnosied with BPD)

Now this topic has baffled me for some years now basically because I’m in treatment for BPD and throughout the several years iv been getting treatment at this one specific centre iv perhaps seen and been around over 100 people with bpd because its all group based treatment, and iv said from the start that it seems to be more women than men, just to give you an example the groups are either 10 people or 15 people and in the 10 person groups it would be pretty much 8 women and 2 men including myself, in the 15 person group it would be like 9 women and 6 men including me and that’s only happened once that specific number in over 3 years. iv said this to the therapist and they just smile and do there own thing. I was asked recently why do you think there is more women than men and I said it could be 2 reasons why, 1st. Women are more open to there emotions and feelings and might seek help quicker because there in tune with there emotions, 2nd I said men might not get help sooner because its the macho thing and for men to be in tune with there emotions there is a stigma and a judgement by society on men like this, because according to the society we live in men being in tune with there emotions somehow they are less of a man, (NOT MY VIEWS). The therapist smiled at me and said some of that is correct and then he told me the professional version which this topic does require which il be writing below, but at first I just wanted to say a few things about it from my perspective before I give you all the clinical stuff.

BPD symptoms and problems does tend to lead more to the female mechanics in my mind because I can only really speak has a man, but throughout my life iv seen women and know this just to be a fact that women are better with there emotions and are more accepting to them even when they are the worst things to deal with, from my perspective women handle pain and all that so much better than us men, where has us men would get raged up about the emotions we feel we’d block them out normally resulting in violence, but for women they have that capability to open up them emotions, yes of course women can and do hide emotions and everything else, what I’m saying is that women are more able to attend to 99% of their emotions where has men perhaps maybe %50 at best. This is from my perspective remember that please, has for myself well I know only too well how much iv blocked out and tried to avoid, key word there AVOID the emotions I’m feeling because they make me feel weak even tho showing the emotions is the strongest thing you can do it feels to me has the weakest thing I could ever do, I did say in one of my treatments ‘If I cry I’m at my weakest, if I cry it shows I’m at rock bottom, I’m weak for crying’ that is how it is for me personally, when I said this I was told that NO in fact you being able to cry and express your emotions is the strongest thing you could ever do because you acknowledging your emotions and also your accepting them without any fight and your also letting the pain out, instead of bottling it up and up for it to explode. I tended to agree entirely with that, but I still cant shake off the fact it FEELS like I’m weak when in the reality its showing I’m strong even tho it feels something else, and its the feeling thing that leads us to doing things, because the feelings are so intense and rapid you cannot grab hold of them in the moment. I guess a skill that needs to be learned!

Now iv used documentation from the United States and the reason iv done that is because regarding BPD, its the united states that has the most documentation on it and also they have the best research into borderline personality disorder, so American research is the best way to go according to the stats.

Clinical & Professional Point of view

If you have been recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you may feel overwhelmed, scared and alone. But BPD is much more common than you probably think. Learning the facts about the disorder, including prevalence statistics, can help you feel more empowered to seek help through therapy and support groups. Here are some relevant BPD facts and figures
Borderline Personality Disorder Statistics on Prevalence
In the United States, recent research has shown that 1.6% of the population has BPD.
That number may seem small, but when you consider just how large the United States is, you may realize that 1.6% represents quite a large number of people. That percentage means that over four million people have BPD in America alone. Whole BPD is not as well known as other disorders, it is actually more common that illnesses like schizophrenia.
Gender Differences in BPD
Women are far more likely to be diagnosed with BPD than men. In fact, about 75% of people diagnosed with BPD are women; that’s a ratio of 3 women to 1 man diagnosed with BPD. Researchers do not know why there is this gender difference. It may be that women are more prone to BPD, women may be more likely to pursue treatment or that there are gender biases when it comes to diagnosis. For instance, men with symptoms of BPD may be more likely to be misdiagnosed with another condition like post-traumatic stress disorder or major depressive disorder.
BPD Suicidality Statistics
Some of the most sobering borderline personality disorder statistics come from the research literature on BPD and suicidality. About 70% of people with BPD will make at least one suicide attempt in their lifetimes. In addition, between 8 and 10 percent of people with BPD will complete suicide; this rate is more than 50 times the rate of suicide in the general population.
Why these rates are so high is currently unknown. It may because people with BPD don’t know where to turn for treatment or are misdiagnosed and not treated appropriately.
BPD and Misdiagnosis
While 1.6% is the recorded percentage of people with BPD, the actual prevalence may be even higher. In a recent study, over 40% of people with BPD had been previously misdiagnosed with other disorders like bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder. These illnesses are often cited, potentially because they are more well known and more easily treated with medications than borderline personality disorder.
It’s also common for those with BPD to have comorbidities, or other illnesses along with BPD. In fact, as many as 20% of people with BPD have also been found to have bipolar disorder, making their diagnosis and treatment more complicated than treating one disease.
Statistics on Prognosis
Now for the good news — while BPD is a serious mental illness, it is by no means a life sentence. Research has shown that the prognosis for BPD is actually not as bad at once thought.
Almost half of people who are diagnosed with BPD will not meet the criteria for diagnosis just two years later. Ten years later, 88 percent of people who were once diagnosed with BPD no longer meet criteria for a diagnosis.

Id like to thank you if you took the time to read my post today on the percentage of BPD diagnosis. Hope this helped you in anyway.

 

 

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