Difficulties in Finding Treatment
Why finding appropriate treatment for your loved one with BPD is so difficult?
RESEARCH & TREATMENT FUNDING: Psychiatric research and treatment funding usually comes from the Federal Government through the National Institute of Mental Health (NiMH). Prevalency rates of disorders and the advocacy efforts on behalf of a specific disorder may be the major factors influencing decision making at NIMH as to who gets research, treatment or educational funding. Of course, if a member of the Senate or the House, especially a member on the committees that fund NIMH, has a particular interest in a disorder, you can be sure it will receive more attention This same system holds true at State and local levels
WHY SO LITTLE RESEARCH IS DONE ON BPD
STIGMA: Doctors and the psychiatric community continuously trivialize BPD or deem these patients non-treatable, often refusing to treat them. A national educational campaign to raise awareness of the latest research findings on etioiogy, genetic studies, neurobiological findings and treatment options for BPD is desperately needed in order to reframe BPD as the severe, chronic and costly mental illness that it actually is. People with BPD can get better; outcome studies are available demonstrating how people with BPD improve with appropriate treatment. (Linehan). Appropriate and effective treatment is not available in most communities.
BPD affects approximately 18 million people however treatment is not available in many locations and BPD receives the least amount of research funding of any mental illness.
PUBLIC AWARENESS: The public is by and large unaware of BPD. Scant media attention has been paid to this disorder. BPD does not as yet have a public figure as a spokesperson.
ADVOCACY: Families of people with BPD receive little or no help in understanding BFD or in coping with their loved ones with this disorder. There are very few support groups available for family members or for people with BPD. In short, BPD is the most maligned, misunderstood and mistreated of all mental illnesses.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS: Clinicians are reluctant to diagnosis BPD in adolescents or younger children. Failure to diagnose when symptoms first appear leads to development of maladaptive coping methods such as drug abuse, alcoholism, unsafe sex and other disorders of impulsivity. There is very little treatment available, to date, for adolescents.
SURGEON GENERAL'S REPORT ON SUlCIDE: The Surgeon General has launched an ANTI-SUICIDE crusade that focuses on the Public Health implications of suicide, stressing suicide prevention. This program excludes consideration of BPD in its advocacy for suicide prevention despite the fact that the suicide rate for BPD is greater than the combined total of suicides from schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. BPD suicides are usually impulsive in nature and are distinct enough to merit attention. Omission from this ANTI-SUICIDE effort flies in the face of the research findings regarding violent suicides Suicide is not just about depression.
IS THERE ANY WONDER WHY PEOPLE WITH BPD DON T GET BETTER? UP TO NOW, A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON ADVOCACY FOR THE BPD POPULATION HAS NOT EXISTED. TARA APD IS THE FIRST AND ONLY NATIONAL NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION ACTIVELY WORKING TO CHANGE THE PROGNOSIS AND BRING HOPE TO PECPLE SUFFERING WITH BPD & THEIR LOVED ONES.