Aspire Magazine, published by www.clinPsy.org.uk, features an article written by Clare McLean, a service user researcher with Emergence.
ClinPsy.org.uk approached Emergence as they were keen to include a service-user voice in the Diversity and Adversity edition in the hope that it will enable their members to "become more service user focused at all stages of their careers".
Clare, who was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder shortly before her 27th birthday, after 10 years of contact with various mental health professionals and numerous alternative diagnoses, writes in the article: "My own experience of clinical psychology over the course of my illness has been incredibly varied. At best, I honestly believe therapeutic intervention has saved my life. At its worst, it has had a destabilising effect, dramatically increasing the severity of my borderline personality disorder. Having spent much time reflecting on the reasons why my experience has been so varied, I concluded that a good therapeutic ‘fit’ can only be achieved when a number of conditions are met."
According to Clare, effective treatment depends on:
- Clear diagnoses
- The treatment model
- Appropriate relationships.
The piece concludes: "We can definitely conclude that treatment for people given a diagnosis of personality disorder will never be simplistic or straightforward; one size will never fit all. However, I do hope that sharing my experiences adds support to the growing belief that whilst borderline personality disorder may not be curable, when treatment is appropriate it can be successfully managed and individuals with this diagnosis can lead positive and fulfilling lives".