On the Border of What?

By Heather Foster

 

 

Of my mental illnesses, borderline personality disorder has to be the hardest for me to explain to my friends and family. It happens the same way every time. I tell them I have borderline personality disorder and they ALWAYS say “So, like multiple personalities”? NO, it’s not like multiple personalities. It is confusing for the public and daunting for the afflicted for this mental illness to have such an incorrectly descriptive term.

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Doubt and Denial

By Heather Foster

 

Am I really Bipolar? Do I really have BPD? Maybe I am just having a bad week? Maybe I am too sensitive? Maybe I am too lazy? Maybe I am not mentally ill after all?

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Loss of Motivation

By Heather Foster

 

 

Lacking in motivation is not something only people with mental illness deal with…it is a human thing. We all are driven to be successful from a young age, be it from our parents, friends, the media, or even something deep down inside us. When you have stumble in motivation, you get up and you move on. It is not always so easy with a mental illness.

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OCD and My Dirty House

By Heather Foster

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Let’s start off by defining Obsessive Compulsive Disorder shall we?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions). –National Library of Medicine

I have been plagued with OCD most of my life, but I have hidden that part of me from people who are not my close friends or relatives. Why?

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The 4th of July Mania

By Heather Foster

cakeMy mental status deteriorates around every holiday. Even a holiday as simple as The 4th of July sends me into an upward spiral of mania. We all have our triggers, but mine truly seems to be holidays. I could feel a manic episode coming on a few days ago.

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Pregnancy: A Cure For My Bipolar Disorder

By Heather Foster

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I started having symptoms of bipolar disorder when I was a child. To my grandparents who raised me, they thought I was just a independent and difficult child. Looking back, the signs were pretty clear. My symptoms progressed over time, getting worse and more noticeable. My depressions were longer, deeper and more debilitating and my manic phases were down right unbearable for others to be around. I always call myself “A butterfly on crack” when I am manic, as it is the only way I can explain how I feel when it happens to me

 

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Heather: Your Mental Momma

By Heather Foster

 

They always say that hindsight is 20/20 and I have to admit that “they” are right. I have been asked by several people when I noticed I had a mental illness and frankly, for the longest time I didn’t know. It is really hard to be that introspective sometimes, especially with a mental illness. I like to kid myself and suppress certain memories which can affect the way I look at my past in general. But I digress.

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Welcome to Mental Momma

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Most parents know they already have their hands full with their first child. Even if a second child adds to the family, parenting in today’s modern world of distraction and technology has never been more challenging.

What if you add mental illness into the mix? As a parent, dealing with the challenges of mental illness and being a parent can be doubling challenging.

That’s why I’m pleased to introduce Mental Momma with Heather Foster. Heather already has a great blog called Mental Parent, and we wanted to extend her audience and readership through Psych Central with this new take on parenting while living with a mental illness. You can learn more about Heather here.

Please give Heather a warm Psych Central welcome!



 
 

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