Those of you who’ve read this blog for any length of time will know that I’m a big fan of Stacy Pershall. She wrote a really great memoir called Loud In The House of Myself, an honest look at borderline personality disorder.
Even in the mental health field, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often looked at as the red headed stepchild of mental illness. Counselors who will be understanding of someone who is depressed or psychotic get a bad attitude when dealing with “a borderline.” It can be exhausting and unrewarding.
One of the things I love about Ms. Pershall’s memoir is that she talks about how miserable it was to live inside her own skin. She didn’t want to be the way she was; she just didn’t know a better way.
She recently spoke to some students, and this article is a summary of her life and her advocacy for people struggling with mental illness. It’s an interesting article, and I very much recommend it if you have any interest in mental illness.