7 Stages of Healing for Those with Borderline Personality Disorder

7 Stages of Healing for Those with Borderline Personality Disorder

Receiving a diagnosis of any personality disorder can be very painful and disheartening. Among all of the PD’s however, Borderline offers the greatest hope for recovery. Writing in her PsychCentral blog, mental health counselor Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC, describes a seven step pathway that can lead people who have BPD to a healthier therapeutic outcome than they might otherwise imagine to be possible....
Enduring Love

Enduring Love

In an increasingly disposable world, many venerated institutions- such as matrimony- no longer seem as permanent as they once were. Add mental illness to the mix and marriages can and do suffer harm and dissolution. Sometimes, there’s a story in the news that offers hope for couples in precarious straits. Here’s one about a couple in Australia. Fred and Cathy, who have endured decades of distress due to one partner’s Borderline Personality Disorder. Despite the turmoil, they’re still together after nearly 20 years. You know that expression “It takes a special person…. ” ? Well, these two are very special....

“We Cannot Afford to Wait Any Longer”

People in South Australia (SA) who have Borderline Personality Disorder, their families, and BPD advocates will not have to wait much longer. The SA political party, the Dignity Party, intends to address the poor reception patients often get from providers when their mental illness is revealed. Party MP Kelly Vincent recently announced that they successfully negotiated with the local government for a $10.25 million dollar Centre of Excellence, a state-of-the-art facility devoted to BPD. Learn what this means to one woman who was first diagnosed 20 years ago....
Quite the Kerfuffle

Quite the Kerfuffle

Gobbledegook from the Guardian? An article published in the prestigious British newspaper last week, headlined BPD in the Workplace , rankled a lot of BPD advocates, providers and people who live with the disorder on a daily basis. They let the editors know how they felt in no uncertain terms. And the voice of the people was heard. So much so that the original article was taken down “pending review” according to the newspaper. Regardless of this retreat (if not yet a retraction), some of the offending comments may be found in readers’s reactions to the story. Here are a few examples from a number of people who read the article and thought to put the paper in its place. One woman, Maggy van Eijk, who was recently diagnosed with BPD, posted her experiences with BPD, work and stigma in the online journal INews. Additionally, a group of UK mental health providers and BPD advocates raised their well-informed opposition to both the content and overall tone of the piece in a letter to the Guardian editors. However, the best dress-down of the Guardian just may be this post from BPD blogger Esther Beadle. In the interest of fairness, it should be noted that in the days immediately following the outcry over the workplace piece, the Guardian published a pretty comprehensive and more accurate BPD themed article. But as yet the fate of the original offending story is still “pending”. If you would like to add your thoughts to the conversation, you can also write the Guardian editors at this online address....
22 Things People with BPD want you to stop saying.

22 Things People with BPD want you to stop saying.

Many researchers of borderline personality disorder found that people who have BPD very often have trouble ‘reading’ other people. But people with BPD also state that many of those ‘other people’ simply don’t appreciate or understand what it is like to live with BPD. And that typical comments offered are not helpful at all. In fact they usually make matters worse. Here’s an article about that problem published on the Buzzfeed website...