About this site

Surviving on the Borderline is a mental health and lifestyle blog, written by Patti McDonald.

It was 2008. I was only twenty years old and I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I was in my second semester of college and instead of feeling hopeful for the future, I felt like I had been given a death sentence. I read stigmatizing and negative articles online after my diagnosis. Therapists told me that BPD patients “don’t recover or get better.”

I felt alone. I tried ended my life multiple times. What was the point in living if I had been diagnosed with an illness no one recovers from?

I am just like the 450 million people world-wide who, like me, live with a mental illness. My specific condition of BPD does not make it impossible for me to recover.

It wasn’t until I educated myself and got into therapy that I realized the articles I read and therapists I spoke to were flat out wrong.

Those articles are purely opinion based and those therapists should lose their licenses to practice.

Anyone who puts in the effort and work can improve their life.

I started “Surviving on the Borderline” to share my story and break the stigma surrounding BPD. I have lived with one of the most stigmatized mental illnesses there is. There is a plethora of misinformation online and plenty of differing “opinions” on BPD. I know the facts because I live with this condition. And, I am living proof that someone can recover from this diagnosis and live a life worth living.

I don’t want anyone to feel as lonely as I felt after being diagnosed. There is no reason not to have hope after a BPD diagnosis.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy has saved my life. DBT has taught me valuable skills to manage my intense emotions. Am I all cured of my depression, anxiety, and intense emotions? No. But, these skills have helped me retrain my brain to help me react differently. These skills have helped me create a life worth living.

I still have a long way to go. I always look at ways I can improve myself. And, I am here to tell you that regardless of what mental illness you have, you my friend, can get better and enjoy your life. Your intense emotions won’t last forever.

I created this blog to help educate others about BPD. I also blog often about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, and other things going on in my personal life.

I hope you enjoy reading this blog and learn something new. Together, we can end the stigma surrounding BPD and other mental illnesses.

We are not alone ❤



My name is Patti and I was born in the Midwest, but now I reside in the Sunshine State. I live with my Chihuahua, Stevie, who is literally the best cuddle buddy on the planet, other than my boyfriend of course. I work as an online ESL teacher and spend a lot of time at the beach.

As a Mass Communications graduate and former television reporter, I enjoy telling other people’s stories. But, I now feel compelled to tell my own. I have lived with a major mental illness for close to a decade and at times I have felt isolated and alone on my journey. I have read damaging and negative articles that say people with Borderline Personality Disorder cannot live productive lives.

It is time for me to speak up.

I hope I can help people gain some insight on BPD and mental health in general. Together, we can #endthestigma.

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