Borderline Personality Disorder

3 Years After Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis: “I don’t recognize that girl.”


The other day as I was looking through files on my computer, I came across a vlog that I recorded in 2010, about a month after being officially diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I was stunned. As I watched my "former self," I compassionately remembered how awkward it felt to be her. I watched my physical mannerisms, my insecurities, and my then desperate attempt to present myself as someone who I thought others would...
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Borderline Personality Disorder

Video: Crisis Intervention Resource for Dysregulated Emotions


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...
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Borderline Personality Disorder

Dangers of Assigning Meaning To Thoughts

Paolo Margari via Compfight

Thoughts pass through our heads all day long: "I wonder what I should wear old breakfast look hasn't called, he must not love 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. ...
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Introducing Debbie Corso from “Healing from BPD”

I'm happy to introduce a new contributor to the "Be the Change" video blog on , Debbie Corso. She is a fellow mental health advocate and friend of mine. She blogs on her website 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...
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Addiction

Examining Our Beliefs about Our Destructive Behaviors

In the past I thought that that everything in life was better if I was drunk or high. I believed every experience could be improved if I altered it in some way. ‘I’m going on a date… we will have more fun if we are drinking.’ ‘I have to clean the house… this will be much more pleasant with some wine.’ Eventually things got to the point that I felt, ‘I woke up this morning… this entire day will be better with alcohol.’
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Awareness

Completing My Education while Managing 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.
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