As part of my recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder, I have begun DBT coaching sessions on a weekly basis with Teresa Lynne of Essence Happens. You don’t have to be in recovery to benefit from the services she offers, and you’ll probably be very surprised to find out what these are for you and your family.
When you are coping with learning to be more skillful and to reduce self-sabotaging and self-destructive behaviors, I’m of the opinion that it’s a good idea to get all of the support you can get. It’s important that your loved ones (family members, partner) also have access to support.
Check out this video for more information and to take the next step in getting the additional support that you need at this time in your life.
Mental Health Awareness Month is here! Mental health impacts us all. Mental illness impacts about 1 in 4 people at some point in their lifetimes. The stigma that surrounds mental illness impacts not only individuals, but our society as a whole.
To learn more you can visit the following websites and of course this one, PsychCentral.com
Thoughts pass through our heads all day long: “I wonder what I should wear today….Same old breakfast again….I look fat…He hasn’t called, he must not love me…The driver in front of me right now is deliberately being an idiot!”
The thing about thoughts is that they are not always facts, but we often give them undue power by responding to them as if they are. In this video, Debbie from HealingFromBPD.org discusses thoughts and the potential dangers of assigning meaning to them when we don’t have facts to support our assumptions. Also discussed are skillful strategies for effectively coping with thoughts — especially the more troublesome variety.
Can you relate to getting caught up in assigning meaning to your thoughts?
Thanks for reading and watching. I’ll be alternating weeks here at Psych Central with Dani Z. In the meantime, you can connect with me in the following ways:
I’m happy to introduce a new contributor to the “Be the Change” video blog on PsychCentral.com, Debbie Corso. She is a fellow mental health advocate and friend of mine. She blogs on her website healingfrombpd.org about her experiences and how she has overcome mental health issues with a focus on borderline personality disorder and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Debbie truly embodies the “Be the Change” philosophy. She lives her life in a way that makes a difference. She speaks openly about her mental health issues and the things she has been through, she supports others and makes her own mental health and wellness a top priority in her life. I am excited to be working with her!
Please Leave a comment to welcome Debbie. You can also connect with her on her website healingfrombpd.org.
I’m realizing more and more lately how negative perceptions of myself that I have carried my whole life hold me back. This is particularly troublesome in recovery from mental health issues and addiction. When I get caught up in a fixed idea of myself it impacts my all or nothing thinking and causes me to feel discouraged. Now that I am becoming more aware of these old perceptions I can start letting them go and feel free.
Are you holing onto old negative perceptions of yourself? Do they hold you back and keep you from making changes? Do they keep you from appreciating who you are today?
Please leave a comment to share your thoughts. You can also connect with me through the links below.
Language and thought go hand in hand. Language shapes the way we interpret the world. Our speech is a reflection of our perspective. That being said how do you feel about the use of terms like ‘crazy’, ‘nuts’ or ‘insane’? Do you feel that they influence stigma towards those living with mental illness?
I have not posted in a while because I have been having difficulties managing my time and stress levels effectively since school started. I know that I am not the only one that struggles to find balance as a person living with mental health issues. A recent study published by the National Alliance on Mental Illness revealed that up to 64% of college students living with mental illness ultimately drop out of school due to difficulties with their illness. Although this is an alarming statistic, I must say I am not that surprised.
This is the second video in my series on “change”. You can check out the first video here. In this video I discuss the importance of self awareness and why it is a necessary first step in making changes in our lives.
Feel free to leave a comment to share your experience. You can also connect with me through the links below.
Recommended viewing and reading:
TEDTalksxBlue: Dr. Daniel Siegel explores the neural mechanisms beneath social and emotional intelligence and how these can be cultivated through reflective practices that focus on the inner nature of the mind. youtu.be/Nu7wEr8AnHw