We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Leaves out two differentiating criteria I was taught by Roy Grinker:
1. For Borderline: anger-inducing, irritating
2. For Bipolar in the manic phase: very entertaining (although there is a subset who not so funny)
Bipolar people can be rough at times but it depends on the person as to how tolerable - and yes, in grandiose phases even enjoyable - they are. Borderlines, I am sorry to say, are well-camouflaged monsters and should be avoided at all costs.
The problem with laymen trying to psychoanalyse people is that they tend to come up with the wrong diagnosis.
So many conditions have overlapping symptoms, the diagnosis depending on the severity of each and which subsets of symptoms are present at all, it's a morrass and all too easy to get wrong.
That's why psychologists have to go through years of training and constant retraining.
That's why they exist as a profession at all...
Which leads to amateurs diagnosing millions of perfectly normal boys with ADD and GPs prescribing them amphetamines to keep them quiet in school and not bother their parents.
"Which leads to amateurs diagnosing millions of perfectly normal boys with ADD and GPs prescribing them amphetamines to keep them quiet in school and not bother their parents." I used to see this in my classroom over forty years ago. I was seeing normal behavior for the age and the kids (usually boys) parents had them put on medication. Someone had to write the prescriptions.
and with many doctors more concerned with their kickbacks from pharma companies for each prescription they write out (and the repeat business from those parents) than with medical ethics, there's bound to be a doctor who'll sign a chit for the parents to get the pills.
After drilling down into the materials a bit, it's quite disconcerting how introversion is still implied to be indicative of a mental disease or defect. I'd hate to be at the receiving end of an (even marginally) hostile diagnostician's divining rod. The inherent subjectivity of DSM tools and methodologies make psychiatry seem like anything but science.
Considering the preferred political affiliation of the psychological profession at large, "under evaluation" is about the last place I think I'd want to be. That's a minefield I'd prefer not to have to navigate.
I've never understood what "borderline" is supposed to mean, except generally someone who's not technically psychotic but is in every other way so deeply deranged as to make life impossible for himself and everyone around him. The picture I get is Alex from Fatal Attraction: a flaky, brittle person always poised on the edge of howling pain. Myself as a post-adolescent, maybe. I think I'm calmer now.