Ruminating: It Is Not Your (de)Fault

Ruminating: It Is Not Your (de)Fault

You know that moment when you are just falling asleep and an unpleasant thought pops into your head? It might be about a conversation you had with someone during the day that felt a bit awkward. You start to mull it over. “Why did I say that?” Or worse, “Why did they say that?” Suddenly your state of mind races from All Quiet on the Western Front to Armageddon.

The Global Tragedy That is Suicide

The Global Tragedy That is Suicide

It was an emotional week for many people. The death by suicide of Kate Spade, the highly regarded international fashion designer, was followed only days later by the similar death of acclaimed writer, TV documentarian and beloved food guru Anthony Bourdain.

How Many People With BPD Recover?

How Many People With BPD Recover?

For many years after borderline personality disorder was first defined in 1938, the conventional wisdom among mental health providers was that BPD was a permanent condition. The poor response by patients to existing psychotherapies and medications created a belief that the disorder was incurable.

Happy Thanksgiving Day (hopefully)

Happy Thanksgiving Day (hopefully)

Thanksgiving Day (in the U.S.) has once again arrived; evoking warm memories of past gatherings with family and friends feasting on bountiful amounts of good food and experiencing deep feelings of gratitude. Sometimes however, that idealized version of Thanksgiving Day can devolve into debacle and communal feelings of joy into hurt and anger. For families that include persons who have Borderline Personality Disorder that outcome can be a worrisome and, sadly, an all too familiar event. Having some strategies in hand to help you and your loved ones get through the day unscathed might be useful. Here’s a piece we wrote a few years ago with useful survival tips that are still relevant:...
Exploring Space: Outer and Inner

Exploring Space: Outer and Inner

In 1997 the spacecraft Cassini was launched by NASA from the United States. Cassini’s mission was to travel to Saturn and record as much information as possible about that distant planet. The campaign to explore the vast outer solar system was underway. Seven years earlier, in 1990, the US National Institutes of Health declared that the remaining 10 years of the 20th century would be known as the “Decade of the Brain”. The goal of that research initiative was to explore the inner universe of human behavior. To a great extent this mission was made possible by two developments: new imaging devices such as CatScans, PetScans and MRI’s that revealed the inner structures and workings of the human brain in a level of detail never before possible and the development of sophisticated new pharmaceutical compounds that targeted difficult to treat mental conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and learning disorders. As the Cassini mission came to its fiery conclusion recently I was struck by the similarity between these two endeavors that capped the end of the last millennium. Each represents the innate human desire to explore: one was searching for clues as to the origin of our universe; the other was looking to unravel the complex inner workings of our brains. Cassini documented the rich and vibrant world on and around Saturn, photographing giant storms on the planet surface, unraveling the mysteries of the orbiting rings, and discovering lakes of liquid methane and hidden oceans where cascading plumes of hot water, some containing elements essential to creating primitive forms of life. The hopes for the Decade of the Brain...
BPD Treatment: Hard to Find?

BPD Treatment: Hard to Find?

It is not an simple task for a person or a family to get an accurate diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. The range of co-existing disorders in BPD – depression, anxiety, impulsivity and others, can often lead to a missed diagnosis of the underlying disorder that is fueling those problems. Unless a therapist is well versed in the nuances of BPD, a person can spend years going from one therapist to another, undertaking different treatment approaches and still find themselves pretty much in the same state of mind as when they began. Fortunately, more mental health providers are learning more about BPD, are more interested in working with people who have BPD, and – importantly – are willing to make the diagnosis when appropriate. But diagnosis only half the story. The next hurdle is to actually find one of those therapists qualified to treat BPD.  There are several resources that can help you do that and, hopefully, get you started on the road to recovery. You can find a number of these treatment resources on the BPDVideo website....