In the past 30 years, several treatments have helped people with BPD “turn the corner” so to speak by reducing the impact of the disorder to a meaningful degree. But where do they hope to find themselves? Cured? Recovered? In remission?. And what do those words mean? Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer.
It’s been well accepted that mindful breathing can bring about a more relaxed state of mind, allowing a person to think a bit more before acting in an impulsive manner to something that provoked an emotional response…
Marsha Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavior Theory for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder uses a simple phrase to describe the goal of her therapy: to help people create a life worth living.
How does that work?
In a sobering essay in a recent New York Times, staff writer David Brooks lays out a strategy for helping prevent the ever-increasing number of suicides in the United States.
In addition to psychotherapy, medication and hospitalization another effective tool in the treatment of serious mental illness is peer support.
There has been a treasure trove of new expeditions that are exploring the mysteries of our Universe. Expeditions to the planets in our solar system and to the limits of our physical world have been launched or soon will be from nations around our planet.
Coincidentally, tremendous advances have also been made in the exploration of inner space- particularly the human brain…
There are a number of people who write about their BPD experiences on a personal blog. Writing a blog requires a sincere commitment to keeping it up, especially when a number of folks follow it. I just came across this one…
His obituary in the NY Times this week describes Dr. John Gunderson’s life-long contributions to the study and understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder.
In addition to therapy, medication and hospitalization this research study on peer support shows that sharing “lived” experience with others is a powerful and highly effective tool in the mental health arsenal.
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.