Posted by: BPD Society of BC | June 26, 2011

Marsha Linehan reveals her personal stuggle with BPD

Marsha Linehan is well known for her work developing the only empirically validated form of therapy for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  As a distinguished psychologist and researcher at the University of Washington, Linehan has changed thousands of lives all over the world making it possible for people with BPD to experience hope, recovery and “a life worth living”.

Now, for the first time at 68 years of age she reveals her own personal struggle with BPD in public before an audience of friends, family and colleagues at the Institute of Living. She holds nothing back as she shares her experience with multiple suicide attempts and self-harm. She also shares a religious experience in which she finally started loving and accepting herself. You can read her story and watch a video about her recovery in the Health section of the New York Times called Expert on Mental Illness Reveals Her Own Fight  written by Benedict Carey. It is truly inspiring to see a successful and well respected individual show the great courage it takes to speak out about this very stigmatized mental illness. Perhaps now, we finally have our role model! Somebody we can look up to and say, “she did it and so can I “. Speaking for people including family members, friends and those with BPD themselves we thank you, Marsha for your dedication and determination to help so many by developing DBT and sharing your story.



  1. Wow – that’s amazing. Add her to the long list of “successful” people who live with BPD.

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