A few years back I was asked by my psychiatrist, the same one who gave me the idea for my superhero article, to collaborate with him on an article to be published in a doctor’s academic journal. The article would be from my perspective as a borderline personality disorder (BPD) patient offering advice to doctors on how to treat people with BPD more effectively. I was deeply honored, especially as a validation of me as a writer. Though we were very proud of the article it sadly didn’t end up being published. My therapist broke the rejection news to me with a pained look on his face, worried about how I would respond. Moved by the compassion I could see in his eyes, I put on a brave face.

This was two years ago now and so much has happened since including moving to a new city which ended my relationship with my therapist. I thought now was the time for our article to see the light of day by sharing it with the Mighty community. No doubt, if all of you were to write an article aimed at improving how they treat people with your mental illness, then there would be many more impassioned and different points to mine. I have updated some of the article and entirely deleted my therapist’s section, which was background on BPD itself, because it is impossible to credit him as a co-author here. However I have kept his following sentence which introduces my section:

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