Authors: Kaye Stanton, NSW
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, BPD, ECT lived experience
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.
Lived experience is an integral part of the mental health system today. Without the recovery stories to guide others on their journey, there is no hope, and no belief that overcoming a mental illness is possible. My paper describes a life of adversity, battling disabling symptoms that eventually lead to a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). After years of multiple suicide attempts and self-harm I was offered electro-convulsive therapy (ECT). This treatment not only saved my life, but enabled me to overcome the difficult and destructive behaviours associated with being a borderline personality.