Do you think borderline personality disorder is seen as less of a 'valid' disorder than other personality disorders, or other disorders in general such as schizophrenia, or depression? I've been on several psych forums and I've heard patients diagnosed with borderline complain that their therapists don't take them as seriously as someone with say, schizophrenia. This nature of complaining could be endemic to the disorder, but do you think it's true? If so, why? It can be dangerous to the patient, especially if they engage in self-harm, and their limited self-awareness into their aberrant behaviors could be equated to the lack of insight seen in people with schizophrenia, yet no one would ever think to become exasperated with someone with sz for 'not seeing' their problems (well, my psychiatrist might beg to differ, but I'm talking about the general population). Basically, my question is, why is there a tendency to see attention seeking behaviors and borderline personality disorder as sort of a nuisance when it is far less socially and physically dangerous than many other disorders? (or am I wrong about this phenomenon?) Just a random thought to provoke some conversation.