Can someone with bpd be a doctor

Deborah C. Escalante

When A Medical Student Struggles with BPD

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So, what kept me going?

God’s will, my parents’ prayer, and some life-changing moments in the hospital. There was a time when I met a patient who was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in Remission. There was also a time when I met a patient with Schizoaffective Disorder and he really did well in his life. To see all of their progress has put me in awe. It struck me. If he could go through it all well, it means there’s also a way for me to go through all of this, and even to recover from BPD. No matter how constant the stressors in the hospital, there must be a way for me to recover from this personality disorder.

So now, what do I do to reach the remission of BPD?

I stick to my daily schedules more strictly. I do mindfulness exercise every day. I explore more ways to modify my neurotransmitters (the core of why BPD symptoms occur) by reading books and journals about it. I practice my CBT more often and I try to avoid distractions as my ways to reach euthymic state. Instead, I focus more on modifying my thoughts during my CBT. And perhaps, someday I will go to a psychologist to explore more about the roots of this BPD. The stressors in the hospital won’t stop coming. The killer teachers still gonna yell, sometimes hurt and break your self-esteem. The selfish residents still gonna hurt your feelings sometimes. The disrespectful nurses still gonna disrespect. The stubborn patients still gonna burden you. Some friends still gonna bring you down. But that’s how life is. Just because you have a mental diagnosis, doesn’t mean everyone in the world can support you. That is a fact. But that doesn’t have to stop you from chasing your dreams. That doesn’t have to stop you from recovering from your mental illness. You can choose to stop, but you can also choose to keep going and fight harder. I choose to keep going and fight to death.

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I agree with Goro. Unless you have it fully under control, I don’t recommend going into it. I can tell you this from experience, as I recently took a leave of absence due to depression. I was getting better up until med school started, and then it all went downhill from there. I was spiralling out of control. I regret my decision to push through and “move on with my life anyway,” when I wasn’t really ready to. I guess I felt the pressure of starting my career. But trust me when I tell you, it IS a furnace. And if you are a person who inherently has a difficult time coping or balancing your life (even something as simple as your sleep schedule), like me, it can really break you down. That being said, if this is what your passion is, don’t let the diagnosis stop you. They key is to remeber to go only when you’re ready and have your condition fully under control, and not a second before then. Best of luck!


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