New Book on BPD


Pride in Madness

I have not read this book yet but it was recommended by Debbie Corso, one of the amazing women that taught me DBT. Beyond Borderline is a collection of stories about recovering from BPD. You can read an excerpt here.

It is so easy to get caught up in the emotional turmoil that we experience as emotionally sensitive people. I feel that having a book to refer to that is filled with stories by different people about how they have healed will be extremely helpful. There is bound to be bits of each story that we can relate to and solutions we can apply to our own lives.

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5 surprising things that I have recently learned about borderline personality disorder (BPD) | Salt City Counseling


Source: 5 surprising things that I have recently learned about borderline personality disorder (BPD) | Salt City Counseling

Upcoming Events – Workshop: Borderline personality disorder – at the edge (Camberwell) – FRSA


Source: Upcoming Events – Workshop: Borderline personality disorder – at the edge (Camberwell) – FRSA

5 Very Relevant Borderline Personality Disorder Blogs – Open Forest


Source: 5 Very Relevant Borderline Personality Disorder Blogs – Open Forest

The Dangers Of Self Diagnosis


Journey Toward Healing

Result: 66/80
Probable diagnosis of PTSD

That’s the result from an online test that I took last night.

It started when a blogger friend wanted some advice on a post she had written. So I gave my thoughts on the situation. She was worried that maybe it was post traumatic stress (which, until this afternoon, I thought was the same thing as PTSD), so I suggested that she search for the DSM criteria on it. She came back to me and it turns out that she didn’t ‘qualify’ for the diagnosis.

By now I was curious too, and decided to also take the test. “Just for fun”. As I was reading the questions and working my way through them, I felt this chill run down my spine. Those questions struck a major chord with what I have been experiencing lately. And the high score I got at the end…

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Program gives BPD support | Sunraysia Daily


AN Australian organisation is working to help Victorian families cope with the struggling symptoms of borderline personality disorder, commonly known as BPD, through a new program that will be available for the first time in Mildura next month.

Source: Program gives BPD support | Sunraysia Daily

Borderline Personality Disorder: Becoming More Than My Disorder Life Stories


Some of the labels I am being given aren’t there to further alienate me but rather to help me seek out the specific help that I need.

Source: Borderline Personality Disorder: Becoming More Than My Disorder Life Stories

I’m Just Not That Happy | Happily Imperfect


Source: I’m Just Not That Happy | Happily Imperfect

Mental Health Communication Cards | The Upside Down Chronicles


A few months ago I did some work with Hannah Ensor of Stickman Communications to design some communication cards specifically to help people with mental health problems. Hannah is amazing and one o…

Source: Mental Health Communication Cards | The Upside Down Chronicles

The truth behind (arguably) the most misunderstood personality disorder of our time – Daily Records


Despite being more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder combined, borderline personality disorder remains one of the least understood and most stigmatized mental illnesses. It’s so misund…

Source: The truth behind (arguably) the most misunderstood personality disorder of our time – Daily Records

Some Days are Just Frustrating | Weightless


Source: Some Days are Just Frustrating | Weightless

When Life Gives You Lemons… – Left Brain Buddha


Source: When Life Gives You Lemons… – Left Brain Buddha

Plagued by Paranoia!


One of the symptoms of BPD that still affects me often is paranoid ideation.  All through elementary and high school, I was made fun of every day.  Now, whenever I see people looking my way and laughing and I can’t hear what they’re saying, I think they’re teasing me.  I can usually talk myself out of it but sometimes I can’t.  When that happens, I do some self-soothing by doing something like listening to music, and try to distract myself until the thoughts subside.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me?  What do you do that helps you deal with paranoid thoughts?  Please let me know in the Comments below.  Thanks!

Till next time,

— Joyce.

Feeding our soul


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A question for you.  What did you do today to feed your soul?

When we are down and hurting and when we are concentrating on the pain we have gone through sometimes we forget that there is something we could do to help our soul’s feel comforted in that moment when things are hard.  We could do something to love, care for and nurture ourselves.

Today prompted by reading a lovely meditation my favourite book  Tian Dayton’s One Foot in Front of the Other I thought of the things I did today to feed my soul and I thought of a gratitude practice of listing these things that would mean that the benefit of these lovely experiences could grow within my soul :

Waking I felt the sun streaming through the window, so grateful for its warmth and comfort.

I took a long, slow shower and lingered as long as I could under the comforting…

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Borderline Personality Disorder – A few statistics | Recovery Mum


Source: Borderline Personality Disorder – A few statistics | Recovery Mum

Update 08/18/2016


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Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.59.35 PMFirst, I would like to apologize to my followers.  I’m officially settled in living in Boston, and I am now almost finished with my second week at my new job.  Boston is amazing, my job is amazing, and I am finally able to truly help children and families struggling with mental illness.  So I’ve been super busy with training, and meeting with clients as well.  I’ll be back this weekend though! A few people sent me ideas for posts,Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 11.47.33 PM if you have any topics for me just send me a remind at askpsych4society@gmail.com , and I will get to them this weekend for sure! I hope everyone is doing well, my heart goes out to each and everyone of you❤

oh and P.S.,

Crazy news. I was invited to be on the Dr.Phil show!!!!!!!

It’s funny because as children many of us were often told “you can…

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Moving on | Sunny Spells & Scattered Showers


Realising that I have to take responsibility for the changes I need to make.

Source: Moving on | Sunny Spells & Scattered Showers

Accepting otherness and separateness


Life in a Bind - BPD and me

caring and separateness in BPD

I wrote these words, and placed them on this image, during the winter of 2014. I think it may have been shortly after writing ‘My borderline mind‘, which itself was written following some very emotionally challenging and intense therapy sessions. They were sessions in which I was testing my therapist, in which I was agonising over  seeing everything through the lens of ‘obsessional attachment’, and in which I was despairing over ever being able to ‘do therapy right’. But they were also the sessions that culminated in the wonderful and precious occasion, described in ‘Waiting revisited‘, when my therapist mentioned her caring for me – something I was so desperate for and had doubted so often.

Though I don’t remember the details of the sessions that followed, I wrote the following to a friend of mine, very shortly after that occasion: “What I am…

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CMHA Central Alberta #5 – BPD Video


A fairly long video but worth watching.  I don’t agree with the Glenn Close part though.

http://www.googlive.com/watch.php?vid=b65bec634

Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder 2017 Conference | McLean Hospital


Attachment theory, which highlights early infant-caretaker interactions, has had a profound impact on the understanding of mental health and illness. McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School are delighted to offer this conference in order to bring you the latest information in the field and help you apply it to better help your patients/clients.

Source: Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder 2017 Conference | McLean Hospital

How Does Borderline Personality Disorder Hurt Thinking Processes? – GoMedClinic


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is associated with a few different problems related to thinking. These cognitive problems often contribute to other symptoms, including relationship problems, …

Source: How Does Borderline Personality Disorder Hurt Thinking Processes? – GoMedClinic

Management of Borderline Personality Disorder – Centre for Mental Health Education


Drawing from the evidence base of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Somatic Trauma Therapy this workshop is an interactive two days aimed at providing participants with a range of stra…

Source: Management of Borderline Personality Disorder – Centre for Mental Health Education

Are These 5 Myths about Emotions Holding You Back? | World of Psychology


We are emotional beings. As complex patterns of internal reactions to external stimuli, emotions are what helped the human species survive. Emotions direct our actions and determine our well-being and health. Whether we are aware of our emotions or not, whether we talk about emotions or not, and whether we recognize their vital importance or not, emotions are an integral part of our lives and have a powerful effect on us. What kind of effect? That all depends on how we manage any given emotion. False assumptions and lack of skills to regulate emotions often get in the way of effectively dealing with them. Although inter-related, challenging false assumptions is a crucial first step of emotion regulation training. Here are five common myths about emotions (derived from Dialectical Behavior Therapy) you’ll want to challenge: Myth #1: There is a right way to feel in every situation If anything is certain, it’s that there’s always more than one way to view a situation. Everyone

Source: Are These 5 Myths about Emotions Holding You Back? | World of Psychology

Healing From BPD – Borderline Personality Disorder Blog: 👉👉 TIRED OF SELF-SABOTAGING?! Check this out…👈👈


Source: Healing From BPD – Borderline Personality Disorder Blog: 👉👉 TIRED OF SELF-SABOTAGING?! Check this out…👈👈

Mindfulness keeps me from quitting therapy.


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In my last post, Jocelyn made a comment about quitting therapy, and this reminded me of something important that’s kept me going: mindfulness.

People in therapy, especially people who have cluster B disorders and have problems either regulating or accessing emotion, often quit when the going gets rough.  Narcissists are notorious for quitting therapy (if they ever enter it at all) because of all the Cluster B disorders, NPDs have the most problems allowing themselves to become vulnerable (well, maybe ASPD is even worse that way), but for therapy to work, this cannot be avoided.   This is why people with NPD so rarely get better.  For most, as soon as they start to feel too much, they’re outta there.

For borderlines, it’s a little easier.  We’re not running away from emotions all the time the way narcissists do (although I do to some degree and probably have narcissistic tendencies–I also…

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