Dec. 5, 2021

Calling bullsh*t on BPD stigma (ft. Dr. Courtney Tracey)

Calling Bullsh*t on BPD Stigma (ft. Dr. Courtney Tracey)

Who says people with BPD can’t do great things? Dr. Courtney Tracey proves them all wrong and she’s here to prove that you can, too. Professionals that are open about their own battles with BPD are rare. As a licensed clinical social worker and doctor of clinical psychology, Courtney has over 12 years of education and an audience of 2 million under her belt. Courtney is passionate about learning and teaching with others how the mind and body work, while de-stigmatizing mental health. This is a story of resilience, hard work, and what human beings can accomplish when they ignore what society says we cannot do. 

💡 Questions answered and topics discussed in this episode:

■ The stigma associated with borderline personality disorder

■ BPD and cheating (Courtney’s struggle with infidelity)

■ BPD and drug addiction

■ Can someone with BPD be a therapist?

■ Why do some therapists refuse to treat someone with BPD?

■ Adverse childhood experiences, trauma and the link to chronic illness

■ BPD and panic attacks

■ The pros and cons of diagnosing mental illness

■ What connects lying and dishonesty in BPD?

■ Existential thoughts and chronic feelings of emptiness

■ Spiritual starvation: how it contributes to severe mental health issues

■ The controversy behind labeling someone’s personality as “disordered”

■ BPD and sexuality (sexual masochism, hypersexuality, sexual compulsion, etc.)

■ Questions to ask a new therapist

■ BPD in teenagers

■ Advise if you’ve just been diagnosed with BPD

📝Recommended resources:

Take this quiz to find your ACE score

Interview with psychiatrist Andrew Twardon, director for intensive treatment of personality disorders at Mount Sinai West, NYC who believes we should do away with the term "personality disorder" and replace it with "interpersonal vulnerabilities."

Connect with Courtney on IG

Disclaimer: information contained in this podcast episode is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional. 


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