There is more than one way to explain stigma and discrimination in the world of BPD.
A simple explanation can be:
1. When the person with BPD is viewed as the problem - for example, when the person is viewed through judgemental eyes as being less worthy.
2. When the illness is the problem – for example, when outdated or unhelpful views of the diagnosis and treatment are held.
3. When we consider the wider ramifications – for example where the stigma and discrimination is considered appropriate so it then becomes invisible. This leads to wider implications such as less funding, less research etc.
For a more detailed explanation, the BPD Position Paper, “How SAD” explores the most recent research relevant to Australia. (How SAD paper)