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General

10 Common Fears Of The Diagnosis Of BPD

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Do you know someone with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)? Are you diagnosed with it yourself? How did the person (or you) accept or deal with the diagnosis? As a therapist who has worked with both adults and adolescents with borderline traits, I have seen my fair share of denial, resentment, and even outright rage expressed in sessions when...
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General

Trauma and Mental Health: 7 Facts You Should Know

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What do you know about trauma? How would you define it if you had to? The best way to describe trauma is not so much by discussing the actual event that created the trauma, but by explaining that trauma is anything that overwhelms your ability to cope. In other words, you do not have the skills or abilities (at the time) to cope appropriately with the aftereffects...
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Adult Mental Health

9 Truths About Borderline Personality Disorder

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Do you know someone who is struggling with intense emotions, rage or anger, emotional lability, interpersonal conflict, unstable social or family relationships, and poor self-image? If so, perhaps you are dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD is a mental health condition that affects all facets of a sufferer's life. Sadly, although BPD has become less stigmatized over time (especially with Dr. Marsha Linehan and many other experts...
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Advocacy

8 Behaviors Often Mistaken For Depression

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Do you know someone who looks and appears depressed but denies it when confronted? Do you believe their rejection of your assessment of them? Could it be that they are"hiding," covering their true emotions, or simply telling the truth? Even as a trained therapist I have seem my fair share of clients, primarily men and adolescent males, proclaim over and over that they are not depressed even when they...
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Communication

Men and Depression: 7 Signs and How To Help

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Do you know a man who seems depressed? What are his symptoms? Does he talk to you about it?

Men and depression simply don't mix in a male-dominated world that is characterized by unrealistic displays of strength, power, and social prowess. For men, depression is simply a "female" thing that is often tied to estrogen and all the other female specific hormones and emotions.

The...
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