Y2K and the BPD?
What do you think will happen with Y2K and the BPD? I am borderline and I’m already getting scared and a little angry.
First of all you HAVE the BPD, you’re not borderline anymore than you’re not strep throat. You are not your neurology, nor are you your illness. This is an extremely important concept, as you can overcome what you have, but not what you are.
While there will be some problems with Y2K, the fear is likely going to be more of a problem than the computer malfunctions. The hysteria about Y2K is already causing unnecessary stress. We’ve survived hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and floods, and we’ll survive whatever Y2K brings. We should all have a week’s supply of food, cash and water available for any storm - be it weather or computer generated.
Borderlines under stress are at higher risk. Stressing out those with the BPD is not a good idea. My BPD patients who are worried about Y2K and are experiencing stress about it will be prescribed extra medication for this time frame. Generally a mood stabilizer - and I prefer Tegretol for my patients - combined with their SSRI medication is a good idea during times of stress, and Y2K is no different.
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