Often mental illness is accompanied by one or more additional diagnoses. When you have more than one diagnosis, these underlying issues may go undetected.
Some examples comorbid diagnoses
My own doctor specifies some of these comorbid disorders in his teachings/literature about BPD. He has focused on Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder among others, but I would also like to add some extra conditions I have found to be common. The importance of explaining these hidden disorders is to make people aware that even when they are treating the prevailing illness they struggle with, it is also necessary to treat underlying problems as well. By underlying problems, I don’t mean just talk therapy or addressing past traumas. I want to stress the need for medical attention to all of the illnesses that can plague one’s mental health.
Because the main disorder is so hideous to deal with, the accompanying disorders are often forgotten in the treatment process. The disorders listed above are common with Borderline, but the tendency is the same in many cases. Once you think of the effects of having Borderline, it seems natural that they would accompany our illness.
Although there is a multitude of studies, information, and treatment processes, I’ve only provided my own personal example. I encourage you to look up some of the research. Check out the video below for other examples. Most importantly, though, when you have more than one diagnosis I encourage you to address ALL of your body’s issues. You don’t want a portion of mental health, you want it all!!! And you can have it when you are willing to acknowledge and seek treatment. It’s a long, hard fight, but I assure you, it is worth it!
What kind of combinations of illnesses are you experiencing?