I can still see that imperious insect looking down from its mushroom stool demanding that Alice identify herself while simultaneously spewing out letters formed from exhaled smoke – “W-h-o-o-o R-r-r-r U-u-u-u?”
The professor had sharpened his commentary to the point where he “had the entire lecture theatre howling with laughter over these freaky people and their wonky personalities”.
10 years ago, professional American football player Brandon Marshall was at the top of his game. But there was a problem, a big problem. Many of the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that made him a success on the NFL battlefield were making his life off the field miserable and destructive.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the least understood of all mental health disorders. It is also one of the most stigmatized, once being referred to as “the leprosy of mental illness.” Why is that? And what actually is stigma?
On January 11th, the Borderline Personality Disorder community lost a person who had as much impact on improving the lives of those with BPD as anyone. Dr. John Gunderson, MD, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director Emeritus of the affiliated McLean Hospital and a pioneer in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of borderline personality disorder (BPD) passed away. How important was John Gunderson and his work regarding BPD? Irreplaceable.
Why do people have such ‘enquiring minds’ about the rich and famous? The press and the general public seem to have an insatiable need to know virtually every detail about the lives of our cultural celebrities. It’s even worse when that curiosity extends to their mental status.