The Scarlet Label (Borderline Personality Disorder)

I must get my hands on this book!

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

borderlineBy Brent Potter PhD

The diagnosis Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) strikes fear and loathing in the hearts of most mental health providers. It is unquestionably one of the most stigmatizing and overused diagnoses in existence. Often diagnosing someone with this label is a clinical punch in the gut to the client and also a means of communicating warning to other clinicians. It is the 21st century version of the scarlet letter.

In Borderline Personality Disorder: New Perspectives on a Stigmatizing and Overused Diagnosis, Jacqueline Simon Gunn and I outline the history of attitudes about the (perceived) feminine gone awry. We show that current diagnostic conceptions do not bespeak a psychiatric disease of chemically imbalanced brain organs, but are the logical outcome of long-standing attitudes about women through history. We do not deny that there are patterns of experience typical of emotional chaos and we demonstrate that men too suffer…

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5 thoughts on “The Scarlet Label (Borderline Personality Disorder)

  1. Let me know what you think of it when you read it! I’d like to know if it is easy to read or very clinical or neither or both! I also might like to read it.
    i almost never read mental health books, but my T has had me reading “Overcoming Ourselves”. Not all of it is true for me, but a large percentage is.
    Do you by chance have a consolidated list of all the books you have read on mental health? It would be great to be able to click on a list of your favorite books with maybe a star system and or a place we could evaluate as well. Just a thought. It would be cool to have your top 10 faves list. I sure you have nothing else better to do 😉

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