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Always in My Head: Our Family’s Story of Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are releasing the most deeply personal episode of Portraits in Color yet. This episode is a candid conversation between a father and daughter about how mental illness impacts an entire family. Analisse, daughter of Portraits in Color host Dr. Frank Mirabal opens up about her every day challenges living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

In her bravery, she decided that nothing was off limits. She openly discusses the deep scars from being bullied as a child, diagnoses and misdiagnoses, challenges with various forms of therapy and treatment, suicide attempts and the stigma associated with someone living with a mental health condition.

Personality disorders are much more prevalent than you might think. One in ten adults has a personality disorder that interferes with their everyday life. Ninety-percent of people diagnosed with Personality Disorders have had some form of childhood trauma. 

If you or a loved one is suffering from BPD or any other mental health condition, you are not alone. Please seek help by contacting a local mental/behavioral health provider. You can also find the treatment resources you need at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website. If you or a loved one is considering harming yourself/themselves, please contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Help is available!