Updated March 2014.

I was diagnosed in 1989 with Dyslimbia. My mother (1945-2012) suffered from the disorder, as did my younger brother (1963-2001). Both committed suicide.*

Dyslimbia is a malfunction in the brain’s Limbic lobes. The characteristic symptoms include inappropriate moodiness, chronic anger with no impulse control, hopelessness, boredom, dysphoria (anxiety, rage, depression and despair), acute insomnia and psychosis. There are often more criteria due to medical problems which compound this neurological disorder.

*Research in 2013 showed that 84 percent of people with the disorder will have at least one suicide attempt in their lifetime, and many will make multiple suicide attempts. Between 21 and 30 percent of people with Dyslimbia will successfully take their own life. This rate is more than 73 times the rate of suicide in the general population nationwide.

Today at age 51 years I am happy, married, and living a “normal” life free of Dyslimbia symptoms due to a strict regime of daily medication. Dyslimbia is a life long condition and treatable once diagnosed. Getting to this point took years of multiple hospitalizations because it can be so hard to diagnose, personal struggle for myself, my children, friends, and family members.

In 2009 one of my sons phones to tell me he doesn’t want to live anymore. He has a history of suicidal behavior and hospitalizations. He has no job, he is homeless and after years of struggle in and out of America’s inadequate mental & medical health care system has learned self medicating using Heroin. A person with Acute Dyslimbia is not functional within society without lifelong medical and psychiatric treatment. There is no known cure for the disorder but it can be managed. Individuals suffering with Dyslimbia are at high risk of death as a result of complications of the disorder such as drug overdose, accidental death, violent crime and suicide.

My adult son was born with Dyslimbia, formerly called Borderline Personality. I would have been skeptical such a condition was genetic have I not watched my son begin his own horrid struggle as a toddler into adulthood. The disorder knows no age boundaries and afflicted him before age 5 years. By age 8 he was violent, hurting himself, hurting others, and began inpatient treatment. My other two adult children lead normal lives showing no signs of mental illness.

As a parent it’s a nightmare but in my own experience what I fear doesn’t even compare to the unimaginable mental and physical suffering someone with the condition has to live on a daily basis. My son is a Heroin addict.

In November 2009 my son was diagnosed with Severe Hepatitis C, Chronic Liver Failure, Renal deterioration, and hospitalized. A prognosis at the time of his hospitalization was 18 months to 2 years if left untreated, so he was moved “off the streets” back to my and my husband’s home. This blog shares our experience.

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  1. Jan Jarvis Brogo NSW Australia says:

    Thankyou so much. I have a son who is cursed with this, as was my mother. I’m hoping he will be granted bail tomorrow….out for Xmas.

    • Mom says:

      My heart goes out to you both, it’s a horrid thing to go through for everyone. Please keep me updated. Here’s hoping for a better New Year and never give up.

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