May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a Cluster B personality disorder that causes emotion dysregulation, making it hard to manage relationships with yourself and others. Like all mental illnesses, BPD is a serious condition. What’s scary about BPD is the fact that around 9% of people with BPD die by […]
“Loving yourself is the greatest revolution.” We’re told all the time that it’s important to love ourselves. What people don’t realize is that it can be hard to have self confidence when you’re dealing with a mental illness. The feeling of not doing anything right is hard to shake. Feeling like a burden to others […]
An anxiety tool kit is a collection of objects and/or resources that you can use to calm yourself down during stressful times. It can be portable (in the form of a wristlet or section of your bag), virtual (in the form of bookmarked links and images), or in a box at home. I made a portable tool kit in therapy last summer, and it was helpful for those summer parties where I felt socially awkward and nervous to meet new people.
There are so many characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder that I don’t know how to sum it up without writing an essay. Usually, I give people insight to one facet of BPD, which is emotion dysregulation. With BPD, emotions are provoked more easily, emotions are felt much stronger than what might be justified for the […]
Although I have been to many therapists with different approaches since I was eleven years old, I’ve found that the most effective form of therapy for me was Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This type of therapy, often abbreviated as DBT was developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan as a treatment for borderline personality disorder. Since its inception […]