How can we foster understanding from the older generation?
Hi Freindincommon, thanks for posting to the forum.
I definitely share your frustration in often what seems to be a prejudice committed by people against the 'attitudes' of others not similar to them, where it is in fact much more than something for them to disagree with. May I confirm BPD: was that Borderline Personality Disorder, or Bipolar Disorder?
It is quite surprising for your own family to not obtain some sort of understanding for what you are going through. Are you currently receiving any treatment? If so, it may be useful for your family to have a session with the person treating you. Psychologists are often very efficient in informing others of the nature of a mental disorder.
It does sound as though your family may have some stubborn dispositions towards change. I certainly hope they are open to understanding more about you, and accepting the task of changing their prior-held beliefs.
I'm glad to hear you are completing a medical degree, despite having a combination of diagnoses. How far into your course are you?
Hope you don't mind the questions, no need to answer if you're not comfortable.