A woman with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is keen to dispel the misconception patients are a danger to others.
Sarah Coulthard-Evans, 36, was diagnosed 10 years ago after doctors repeatedly dismissed her symptoms as depression.
Having self-harmed and even attempted suicide several times, Coulthard-Evans was eventually sectioned.
Years of therapy allowed her to “heal massively and make sense of what happened in her life”.
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Coulthard-Evans, who lives in Northampton, moved into supported accommodation in the community on 18 March, just five days before lockdown.
Now in a better place, Coulthard-Evans manages her disorder with medication, monthly calls with a psychiatrist and plenty of sleep.
Coulthard-Evans hopes to raise awareness of BPD, stressing patients are “more dangerous to themselves than anyone else”.