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15 Things Not To Do With Someone With Borderline Personality

Do you know the things you should do or the things you should say to someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD)? If not, join the millions of people who don't. It is challenging to know what to say, how to say it, and when to say it to avoid problems, challenges, or conflicts with someone who has BPD. Things get even worse if there are other individuals with BPD around.

Despite these truths, compassion and...
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10 Barriers To Effective Mental Health Treatment

What is effective treatment? Would you be able to describe or define it if you had to?

Most people would struggle to define effective treatment because there is no real consensus on what that is. For many clients, "effective treatment" is being able to connect with the therapist, develop a trusting relationship, and heal from challenges faced in life. Sounds easy enough right? Not so much. Effective treatment cannot occur if there are...
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7 Signs of Racial “Group Think” and Group Polarization

Group Polarization

How did you feel this past weekend (Friday to Sunday) about the events taking place in Charlottesville Virginia? Did you watch the events? Did you follow the events online? Although it is the home of the University of Virginia, it became the home of pure racial tension, ignorance, and extreme identity fusion between the members of the group. In psychology, this is regarded as group polarization and group think.

This article will briefly...
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Manipulation: 15 Tactics A “User” Will Use To Control You

Can you think of a time in your life where you have been the victim of manipulation because the other person made it seem urgent that you respond, help, or get involved? You may have eventually found out that there was no urgency at all.

I call this behavior "psychological/emotional urgency." It is a "tactic" that users employ to manipulate in order to get you to respond. So how do you identify when a user is...
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10 Signs of Psychopathy and Sociopathy

What comes to mind when you hear the terms psy-cho-pathy or soci-o-pathy? Do you think murderer, lying, or manipulation? If so, you are correct. Psychoathy and sociopathy are different terms to describe a set of different characteristics and motivators of the individual displaying symptoms. Thankfully, most of society does not meet criteria for these disorders. However, about 1% of the general population displays symptoms and about 25% of the male jail population displays symptoms...
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7 Things Psychiatric Hospitals Cannot Do

What do you expect from a psychiatric hospital? Before you (or someone you know) goes, what are you expecting to happen?

Last week I discussed suicide and the challenges often faced for sufferers or those who are connected to the sufferer. But this week I will engage us in exploring the topic of hospitalization, which is often something that occurs for those who are having suicidal thoughts.

For people who have experience with...
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17 Truths About Suicide I’ve Learned With Experience

Golden Gate Bridge

On average, every 2 weeks, someone jumps from San Fransisco's 4, 200 foot long Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge is considered to be the "prime location" for carrying out a suicide. Why? Because the bridge not only sits high up above the waters and is 4, 200 feet long, but is also known to have "assisted" in the suicide of at least 3,000 or more people, according to...
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7 Relational Challenges Of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) seems to be one of the most challenging disorders for mental health professionals. One reason is because individuals with BPD struggle with maintaining healthy, equal, and emotionally stable relationships. Relational challenges don't just happen with family members, friends, or loved ones. Relational challenges happen in the client-therapist, student-teacher, or employee-employer relationship. In fact, research suggests that almost all relationships are challenged (in some way) by the disorder.

This article will discuss...
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