THIS IS A SURVIVOR-LED BLOG FOR PDINTHEBIN. A GROUP FOR THOSE WHO ARE SURVIVING A DIAGNOSIS OF ‘PERSONALITY DISORDER’ AS WELL AS ALL OF THE OTHER DISTRESS THAT LED TO US SEEKING HELP IN THE FIRST PLACE
We welcome everyone who wishes to support our cause or wishes to find out more about what we are fighting for. We see the reframing of our distress into the construct of ‘personality disorder’ as deeply unethical and abusive.
Many of us have been treated appallingly within mental health services. Many of us have been denied and actively excluded from services simply because this label has been applied to us at some point.
We reject the pathologisation of our way of being in the world. We find the PD label dehumanizing and it encourages a system and society that seeks to blame us for our own reactions to distressing life circumstances.
We deserve dignity. We demand to be treated with respect and compassion, like every other human being. We reject being guilted and shamed for our experiences. We believe in a human rights and social justice based approach to our distress.
We deserve trauma-informed help that is politically and contextually aware and we shouldn’t have to adopt an oppressive label or identity in order to receive such help.
We are are often vulnerable and distressed people. We are not dogs to be behaviourally modified in order to fit more appropriately within society’s expectations.
We want the right to choose our own journeys out of distress. We resist the diagnosis-led system that chooses a pathway for us.
We find it an offensive and abusive social injustice to expect us to accept responsibility for our ‘actions’ when more often than not we have been the victim of social oppressions and abuses that no one has taken responsibilty for.
We resent and resist the pervasive behaviours of the psy-industrial complex towards us. It frequently ignores and assimilates our histories of sexual abuse and/or violence. It replicates abusive dynamics from our histories of multiple oppressions.
Those amongst us who identify as women reject the persistent use of BPD/EUPD to pathologise and dismiss our APPROPRIATE anger and what has happened to us throughout our lives.
Community and Solidarity
Speaking out towards the abolition of ‘personality disorder’ both as a name and as a concept
We do not believe in the colonised concept of recovery. It is important for us to make our own choices about how we want to live our lives and focus on what is important to us rather than behaviour agendas and ways to cover up our distress. We are fully in agreement with the Recovery In The Bin Group.
In this group we do not promote pro-PD treatments or recovery agendas. There is a whole industry dedicated to that.
We aim for this to be a dedicated safe space from pressures to conform to any therapeutic pathways, outcomes and targets. Likewise we do not tolerate pro-religious agendas. We welcome UnRecovered people.
We are all in it together. We believe that we have intrinsic value as human beings whether or not we are ‘resistant to change’, ‘disengaged’ or ‘lacking insight’. We do not need to be pathologised, labelled, oppressed, and pressured into programmes, courses and therapies to become acceptable. We want to be credited with knowing what helps us, not have mandatory attendance therapies chosen by professionals under the threat of removal of support.
We don’t want to feel distressed or traumatized. We do not wish to be identified as having defective personalities. We choose solidarity and humanity. We think that the capitalist society we live in, and the resulting social problems with housing, welfare, and scapegoating of people who do not thrive in this unstable environment, causes a major part of our current distress. Protest, campaigning, letter and email writing, and standing up for our human rights help us to cope.
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