Vicissitudes of life have led me to learn more about psychiatric topics, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The most stigmatized and misunderstood disorder troubled many patients who are undiagnosed and untreated. Many case studies also pointed out that BPD patients were often misdiagnosed as sufferers of depression or bipolar disorder.
I delve into the topic by reading the books written by American researchers and listening to audio clips produced by BPD sufferers and researchers in US, UK and Australia. As I learn more, sometimes my heart is crying out, for the disorder is unbearable for the patients and their loved ones.
Every cloud has a silver lining, as the saying goes. The reading of psychiatric literature allows me to rethink how I can help my friends who suffer from mental health problems. Far from being pessimistic, I am glad to have opened my eyes to the world of psychiatry, for it was previously unthinkable that a literary studies graduate like me could understand psychiatric books written by top mental health writers in US and apply the knowledge in real life.