01 April 2016
Myth busting on BBC Radio Bristol
A North Somerset team has taken to the
airwaves to bust a few myths about Borderline Personality Disorder
Dr Gintalaite-Bieliauskiene, Gemma Gowing Team Leader and a
service user of the North Somerset's Emotional Intensity Team had a
top slot on a recent Dr Phil Hammond show on BBC Radio
The team were invited on the show to talk about some of the myths
associated with term BPD and why they are using another name to
describe the condition. The interview also gave a great opportunity
to signpost people to treatment and support.
Gemma Gowing says, "We were really excited to be on air. The term
Emotional Intensity Disorder (EID) is already used in the USA and
by many primary care teams across the UK. Many patients have told
us that they were devastated when they received their diagnosis of
Borderline Personality Disorder as the name implied they were
inherently flawed and would not get well."
Dr Gintalaite-Bieliauskiene adds, "In fact, that is not the case.
Emotional Intensity Disorder is a diagnosis of hope and many
patients achieve remission of symptoms over time. Recently
published studies suggest that at 8-year follow up, 68% of people
initially diagnosed with BPD had not had a relapse in more than 4
years and at 10-year follow up, 86% had not had a relapse in more
than 4 years."
The radio interview marked the end of the team's EID awareness
month. As previously reported, this involved a range of sessions
with service users and healthcare professionals in North Somerset
to raise awareness of the condition.
To listen to the interview, which took place live on the Dr Phil
Hammond Show on BBC Radio Bristol at 9.00 on 26 March 2016, click