Giving teachers the tools to help students with mental health problems is the aim of a new Wollongong project which will run statewide.
Source: Strategy to combat kids’ struggles
I believe that, despite what it says here, BPD can be prevented, if you are brought up in a validating environment — Joyce.
Borderline personality disorder is characterized by unstable relationships, emotional dysregulation, self-harm and impulsive behavior.
Source: Borderline Personality Disorder | InnerChange
Dialectical behavioral therapy or DBT is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and the practice of mindfulness. It has been adapted for teenagers and shown to be effective for kids with emotional instability, or dysregulation, self harm, and suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Source: DBT: What Is Dialectical Behavior Therapy? | Child Mind Institute
Last night, I watched “Emotional Rescue” from W5 online. It was about adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder. It was very informative. I already knew some of what they showed, but some of the stories were new to me.
Most doctors and therapists don’t like to diagnose Borderline Personality Disorder in people under 18 because they believe that their personality is still forming. That can be a death sentence to adolescents with BPD. We need to make sure that these teens don’t fall through the cracks.
In the U.S., they have programs for teens with BPD. Comprehensive, residential programs. They need programs like that here in Canada. There is currently a petition going around to try and get support for those types of programs here. Here is the link:
Please think about supporting this petition. Don’t let any more teens become statistics. I’m sure that many of you could have used programs like these when you were younger. I know I could have.
Did you watch the program? What did you think of it? Could you see yourself in the adolescents featured? If you do watch this program, make sure that you are taking care of yourself and are not triggered. If you do start to feel triggered, stop watching it and do some self-soothing or distracting. Whatever works for you. I hope that this gives non-BPDs some insight into what people with Borderline Personality Disorder go through every day. I am so glad that I had some Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and can manage my emotions so much better than I did years ago. I’m not perfect by any means but I’m a lot better than I used to be. I wish that for everyone suffering from this disorder, which can be totally debilitating but also overcome with therapy like DBT.
Dr. Blaise Aguirre, featured on the show, has written a book called “Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping When Your Adolescent has BPD” as well as “Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Both are excellent books. I highly recommend them.
Also check out Sashbear.org. Sasha was one of the adolescents featured on the program. Every year, there is a walk held in her memory. What a wonderful tribute to her. Please check out her story!
Thanks again for joining me in my continuing journey of wellness. Till next time,
Neurological imaging studies suggest that people with BPD have an overactive amygdala, the part of the brain where emotions are processed, and an underactive pre-frontal cortex, that regulates those emotions. And among adolescents, it can be dismissed as a phase of normal adolescent development, and misdiagnosis poses an additional risk to these young people.
Source: Missed diagnosis and no treatment: BPD’s risk to adolescents
TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2015- W5 Delivers Exclusive Interview with Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau, October 24 on CTV.
Source: W5 Delivers Exclusive Interview with Prime Minister-Designate Justin Trudeau, October 24 on CTV — TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2015
The second story of the evening is about adolescent BPD.
that adolescents can have Borderline Personality Disorder too? If you’ve had symptoms for at least one year, you can be diagnosed with BPD.
I told you that I’d update you all on some information I learned at my shrink appointment Tuesday. Well, here goes:
Where I live, they have hundreds of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. How many beds to you think they have for the whole county? SEVEN! Or maybe eight. Seven or eight beds for hundreds of kids who desperately need help! This is unacceptable! Some of these kids are psychotic and have totally lost touch with reality. Because they only have a few beds, many kids who really need help, like our daughter, are turned away. They have to figure out who are the worst and give the beds to them. I’m sure that many really need them, but they just don’t have the beds. What happens to them?
We’ve tried to get our daughter help. But she had to want help, and she doesn’t. She’s missed a year-and-a-half of school. I feel so helpless! This is ridiculous!
Dr. P said that it’s because the government figures that it’s up to the families to look after their kids and pay for it, not them. Bullshit! Who else calls bullshit on this? Are families equipped physically or mentally to handle psychotic kids because they don’t have a bed available for them?
We tried filling out a form to get our daughter admitted to the hospital. We were told the police have to take her to the nearest hospital, which is the county hospital, which has no psychiatric unit. Dr. P said that they have to take her to the nearest hospital with a psychiatric ward. But it doesn’t matter because she wasn’t psychotic at the time and there are no beds available!
Who else is pissed off by this?