Aug. 9, 2021

Recovering from BPD after psychiatric hospitalization: stigma, shame, and self-hatred

Recovering from BPD after psychiatric hospitalization: stigma, shame, and self-hatred

What is it like to spent time at an inpatient treatment facility for borderline personality disorder? In this episode, I sit down with author and artist Courtney Cook to discuss her BPD recovery journey so far after spending her teen years as a "frequent flier of the psychiatric hospitals of the Chicago area.” If you consider yourself a highly sensitive and creative person who always has felt like their intense emotions were “too much,” Courtney’s story will inspire you and fill you with hope. 

💡 Topics explored and questions answered in this episode:

■ Experiencing chronic feelings of emptiness, regardless of an “idyllic” childhood upbringing

■ Growing up as a highly sensitive person (HSP) with intense emotions

■ How BPD traits can make it more difficult to make and maintain friendships

■ Do you have BPD or are you just a teenager? (Can teens actually have BPD?)

■ How Courtney finally came to get her formal BPD diagnosis at age 23

■ What medication do people with BPD take? (Courtney’s experience with anti-depressants and antipsychotics)

■ Can you have BPD and OCD? (Exploring Courtney’s additional struggles with obsessive compulsive behaviors, body dysmorphia, skin picking, and trichotillomania)

■ Exploring the stigma and demonization of people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder

■ How BPD has affected Courtney’s relationships (and how she navigates feeling “too much” or “crazy”)


Learn more about Courtney and her work by visiting her website at

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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