QUESTION:

Dear Dr. Heller,

I am so excited by your discoveries and the new name, Dyslimbia, that should be adopted in the next DSM (how can I help push for this change?!).

Question: Do women with Dyslimbia frequently have post-partum or post-abortion dysphoria (or post-miscarriage) that you are aware of?  Are dyslimbic women likely to be very affected by changes in hormones?

I am the Director of Counseling at The Hope Clinic, a nationally renowned abortion provider in the Midwest.  Abortion counseling has been and is my life’s work – in particular, post-abortion emotions and how women cope.  For the past 5 years I have suspected that the subgroup of women who have extreme post-abortion reactions are those with the BPD (drugging & drinking, self-hatred, blaming others for the abortion, sleep disturbance and nightmares, self-destructive behaviors such as cutting themselves, indiscriminate sex, relationships with abusive men, obsessed with pregnant women and babies, screaming protests outside abortion clinics, eating disorders & self-mutilation and suicide ideation & attempts).

There is NO research yet on the possible link between dysphoria after abortion and the BPD, but a published researcher from Arizona is interested in exploring this with me.  I am very interested in your experience with female dyslimbic patients and their descriptions of how they coped after an abortion, birth, or miscarriage.

 

ANSWER:

Individuals with BPD (I agree Dyslimbia is a better name, but I don’t know who to contact) are very much affected by hormone changes or imbalances.  I agree that a high percentage of those with post partum or post abortion depression have the BPD.  I’m not aware of any research.  Borderlines commonly have low thyroid – and low thyroid has recently has been strongly linked to post partum depression.  I think you’re on to something!

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