My Video – “The Quiet Borderline: The Forgotten Ones” on Facebook


I Knew Therapy Was Working When I Used Self-Care Instead of Self-Harm | The Mighty


Source: I Knew Therapy Was Working When I Used Self-Care Instead of Self-Harm | The Mighty

“Medication Approaches for Borderline Personality Disorder” | McLean Hospital


Source: “Medication Approaches for Borderline Personality Disorder” | McLean Hospital

Mindfulness in Schools Can Provide a Lifeline for Teens – Mindful


Source: Mindfulness in Schools Can Provide a Lifeline for Teens – Mindful

Before You React, Ask Yourself: Is This a George Costanza Moment? | World of Psychology


Source: Before You React, Ask Yourself: Is This a George Costanza Moment? | World of Psychology

20 Quotes About Mindfulness for People Who Struggle With Being Mindful – Left Brain Buddha


Source: 20 Quotes About Mindfulness for People Who Struggle With Being Mindful – Left Brain Buddha

Teaching Kids Social-Emotional Skills Can Pay Off Now And Later | Psych Central News


Source: Teaching Kids Social-Emotional Skills Can Pay Off Now And Later | Psych Central News

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Living with Mental Health Conditions


Source: NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Living with Mental Health Conditions

National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference 2017 – Consumers of Mental Health WA


Source: National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference 2017 – Consumers of Mental Health WA

Borderline Documentary is Coming to Waco — Amanda L. Smith, LCSW


Source: Borderline Documentary is Coming to Waco — Amanda L. Smith, LCSW

Guest Blogger: Joyce and her story | Blog | Mentally Wise


Check out my guest blog post for Mentally Wise:

Source: Guest Blogger: Joyce and her story | Blog | Mentally Wise

BPD Survival Skills – Bpd global


Source: BPD Survival Skills – Bpd global

Reframe view of borderline personality disorder patients as survivors | Clinical Psychiatry News


Source: Reframe view of borderline personality disorder patients as survivors | Clinical Psychiatry News

“How Can I Recognize Borderline Personality Disorder?” | McLean Hospital


Source: “How Can I Recognize Borderline Personality Disorder?” | McLean Hospital

Object Permanence, Emotion and its effects on relationships in BPD. 


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I just read a really interesting article on an extremely important and debilitating aspects of BPD that’s rarely talked about “object permanence“.

It made me think about my experiences of it and I wanted to add a little to what she says, which is excellent – definitely read the linked article so you know what I’m talking about as I’m not really going to explain object permanence here; this article by Katie Mae already does a great job of that.

I’m just going to write about what it means to me and to some of my close friends with BPD, who also experience this to varying degrees. And how it can impact on relationships and cause immense distress for the person with BPD and their loved ones. It is, I think, the silent root of many arguments. But generally even the person with BPD isn’t really aware of…

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I Did Self-Care When Life Got Tough!


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Most people probably don’t find life as hard as I do, getting a bus to a new place, eating, getting dressed, taking a shower, going outside, knowing what you feel and acting (safely) on it are some of the many everyday things I struggle with. I can sometimes manage them and sometimes not.

Today, I feel sad. Because yesterday was hard. What happened is irrelevant, what I am really pleased about is my response:

  1. I knew I was sad.
  2. I knewwhyI was sad.
  3. I chose not to wallow in it or avoid it.
  4. I communicated with relevant people to update them on where I am, that I am safe and explained my behaviour instead of avoiding all contact due to fear and shame.
  5. I immediately decided that a day of self-indulgence was necessary, set up my cosiest bed nest, and found something to watch that would distract me…

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Happy Fourth of July!


Happy Fourth of July

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to all my American friends!

Happy Canada Day!


Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

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to all my fellow Canadians!

“She’s Gone Forever”


Journey Toward Healing

My therapist went on leave for two weeks. I knew about this for two weeks before her break, and during that time, I didn’t think much about it. More importantly, I didn’t know how I felt about it. Like I told her in our session two weeks ago, I’m happy that she’s making time for herself, and taking this break. In Thursday’s session, she brought up her leave again, and asked me whether I want to discuss it and how I feel about it. I can’t really remember what I answered. It’s like a chunk of my memory has been erased (I’m so tired of this happening). So I don’t know what I had said. But I appreciate that she always discusses this topic, and tries to make it easier for me. She doesn’t just throw me into the deep end.

We have this special emoticon that represents a hug…

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I Got To See My New Grandson!


I got to see my new grandson this weekend!  He’s so tiny!  He wasn’t supposed to be born until August 1st, so he’ll be in the hospital for several weeks.  He weighs about 4 pounds.  He’s gained a little bit of weight since he was born, three weeks ago today.  I even got to hold him!  We even got a few pictures, including one of four generations – my mom, me, my daughter and the baby.  Priceless!

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far.  It’s been very rainy here.  I hope we see some sun soon!  We’re supposed to get some next week.  I can’t wait!

Till next time,

— Joyce.

NEABPD is presenting at the NAMI Convention June 28 to July 1 and thanks NAMI for its blog on borderline personality disorder during this month. – Borderline Personality Disorder


Source: NEABPD is presenting at the NAMI Convention June 28 to July 1 and thanks NAMI for its blog on borderline personality disorder during this month. – Borderline Personality Disorder

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | The Stigma Associated with Borderline Personality Disorder


Source: NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | The Stigma Associated with Borderline Personality Disorder

How Emotions Are Like an Open Ocean With BPD | The Mighty


Source: How Emotions Are Like an Open Ocean With BPD | The Mighty

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Supporting Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder


Source: NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Supporting Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

How to Be a Witness to Your Thoughts | World of Psychology


Source: How to Be a Witness to Your Thoughts | World of Psychology