I am in my mid 30s. Over the years, I’ve seen several different therapists for depression, but the treatment they offered me was just not sufficient for my needs. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. Other people suffered from depression and could get some relief between medication and therapy, but no matter what I did, I could never feel normal.
I couldn’t understand why the people around me didn’t seem to be as affected by the problems in their lives as I was, which led to me believing I was “broken.” Things got worse.
Finally, beaten down and on the end of my rope, having destroyed most of the good things in my life, I tried one more therapist. After a few months, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and began treatment in Dialetical Behavioral Therapy.
It has only been 6 months since I began DBT, and I have never felt happier or more positive about my life than I do today. Now I understand why I never made much progress with the other therapists I saw - They were treating the depression, but not the underlying cause. Having the right diagnosis helped me to get the right treatment, and this illness that has hurt me my entire life is finally beginning to get better.
Life might always be a struggle for me, but now I finally have the tools to get through it.