you ARE my Doctor

anonymous asked:

But BPD can't be diagnosed till the age of 18? Lol

Thank you for your insight but I’ll have to disagree. If you have further concerns about my mental illness then you can talk to the multiple doctors who have been involved in my diagnosis.

  • ‘The most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) allows BPD to be diagnosed in adolescents when maladaptive traits have been present for at least 1 year, are persistent and all-encompassing, and are not likely to be limited to a developmental stage or an episode of an Axis I disorder.’ (source)
  • ‘It is difficult to diagnose accurately borderline disorder in children because similar symptoms may evolve into one of several disorders as the child develops. However, the  disorder can be diagnosed in adolescence or early adulthood.’ (source)
  • ‘While there is no rule against diagnosing BPD before age 18, most medical professionals are hesitant to do so.’ (source)
  • Here is an entire article about teen BPD.
  • And another one

As has been said in the multiple links above, a lot of doctors are reluctant to diagnose BPD in under 18s but it’s not unheard of. I’ve been in two psych wards and met a lot of other patients under 18 with a BPD (or other PD) diagnosis. I think the general rule for diagnosing in minors is that the symptoms have to have been present for over a year, be causing significant problems in day-to-day life, and not be due to another mental or physical health condition.

TLDR; yes it can.


Silly hats with David Tennant

Being an example

“Hi, I’m Dr. Aspdocs, I’m going to be helping take care if you tonight. Tell me about what brought you in to the ER.”

I have said that line probably 100 times. Almost every shift there will be a patient with a little kid with them. And every time one of the adults in the room will say at some point, “See? She is a doctor. A lady who is a doctor.” If the kiddo is a little girl the adult almost always adds, “You could be a doctor like her.” Wide eyes regard me, my blonde hair and glasses and purple stethoscope and blue scrubs.

It always chokes me up a little when that happens in this small community ER surrounded by so much poverty and violence. What examples of female ambition do these kids see?

One time I brought a little girl a stuffed animal- the ER keeps some to give to kids. She took it and said cheerfully, “I want to be a nurse!” Meanwhile the RN was placing an IV in the patient, she was listening. I said, “That is so wonderful! Nurses do very important jobs and the hospital would not work if we didn’t have such great nurses helping take care of patients.” And then we took turns making zoo animal noises.

I hope the nurses hear, “See? She is a nurse. Someday you could be a nurse like her.”

  • Twelve:(to Clara) I have a duty of care!
  • Ted Mosby:(pops outta nowhere) Actually, there is a word for that. It's love. You're in love with her, okay? If you're looking for the word that means caring for someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, its love! And when you love someone y-you just don't stop. Ever.
  • Clara:uh...