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Can Someone Be Too Unstable for Therapy?

Most people with mental illness benefit from different forms of psychotherapy, also known as counseling, or talk therapy. There are times, however, when a person is in the midst of a mental health crisis or a psychotic episode and may […]

World Mental Health Day 2018

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. In 2018, the World Health Organization’s focus is on the mental health challenges faced by teens and young adults.

How Common is Borderline Personality Disorder?

It’s been estimated that approximately 1.6 % of adults in the United States struggle with BPD. The number may actually be much higher than that, and many experts believe that the correct number may actually be closer to six percent. Even at 1.6%, that’s over five million Americans who have this disorder.

What is Borderline About Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder wasn’t recognized as a psychiatric illness by the American Psychiatric Association until 1980. It’s classified as a personality disorder, which means it’s a disorder in how the individual relates to himself or herself and to other people.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During this time, individuals and organizations are encouraged to share stories and experiences of those who have been touched by suicide and to help raise awareness.

What Prevents People from Seeking Mental Health Treatment?

When a person’s life spirals out of control or stops making sense, treatment can make a big difference, but only if that person seeks help. What stops people from trying to get the help they need for mental health problems?

How to Stop Myself from Quitting Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Instead of focusing on how uncomfortable you are with treatment and how much you don’t want to participate, turn your focus to the benefits of staying in treatment. DBT aims to teach you the skills that you need to cope with difficult symptoms.

Understanding High-Functioning Bipolar Disorder and Seeking Treatment

If you have high-functioning bipolar disorder, you may appear to be perfectly fine. But, ignoring bipolar symptoms can lead to more severe symptoms.

Who Can Benefit from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

DBT works best on people who have complex mental health disorders that are difficult to treat.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Month focuses on awareness of the fact that certain communities struggle with mental health challenges yet have less access to health care, lower quality care or cultural stigma.

Is Borderline Personality Disorder a Serious Mental Illness?

Although BPD is a serious mental illness, effective treatment is possible. Psychotherapy is the most important aspect of treatment and may include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy and any other type of therapy that teaches ways to cope with emotional dysregulation.

National Mental Health Month

May is National Mental Health Month, a time when many groups and organizations strive to raise awareness of the struggles faced by those with mental health conditions.

National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week is meant to be a reminder for women to do whatever they can to improve their health. Focusing on health for this week each year is intended to help women make taking care of themselves a priority.

Signs of Depression in Women You Should Watch For

Depression can be mild to moderate, with symptoms including little appetite, difficulty sleeping, lack of interest in daily activities and recurring thoughts of suicide or death. In addition to these overwhelming feelings, several other depression symptoms exist.

Why is Borderline Personality Disorder Hard to Diagnose?

Some of the symptoms of BPD closely resemble these other psychiatric problems and, for that reason, it is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Who is it For?

DBT was developed as a means of treatment for BPD and effectively treats other disorders, including depression, eating disorders, substance use disorders.

World Bipolar Day: A Time to Raise Awareness and Sensitivity

World Bipolar Day aims to raise awareness and sensitivity toward this often misunderstood disorder.

How To Treat Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well known, well respected and effective psychotherapeutic technique used to treat anxiety disorders.

7 Mindful Books Worth Reading

Mindfulness is a tool that helps people manage a variety of mental and emotional struggles. A great way to learn about mindfulness is to read one of the many books on this topic.

When Your Partner Struggles With Depression: Recognizing and Dealing With Depressive Symptoms

Understanding the difference between situational moodiness and serious depression can be subtle. How can you know when to suggest your loved one schedule that visit to the doctor, and what can you do to be supportive?

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Therapist

Whether you struggle with depression, substance abuse, or any other mental health disorder, you can confidently narrow down your options to determine if a therapist is right for you, without feeling defeated.

Common Challenges Families Face During Residential Mental Health Treatment

If you have a family member who is about to enter residential mental health treatment, you probably have a lot of questions.

How to Set Goals for the New Year

An essential part of counseling women with Borderline Personality Disorder BPD is setting goals, maintaining accountability, and tracking progress.

Winter is Coming: Just the Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder?

How can you tell if you are experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or just the doldrums of winter?

Striking a Chord of Truth

Self-medicating with drugs and alcohol can be an attempt to numb oneself to painful truths. Addiction and depression devolve into a cycle that feeds itself, so getting help that can effectively break the cycle for good involves getting help with not just one problem, but both.

How to Manage Your Emotions Over the Holidays When You Have Borderline Personality Disorder

The holidays can be triggers for emotional distress for people with borderline personality disorder. The key is to identify the bad habits you want replace.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Co-Occurring Alcoholism

Using (or abusing) alcohol to cope with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) creates a vicious cycle of emotional dysregulation.

How to Recognize the Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Women

Many familiar mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are more common in women than in men. And unfortunately, women sometimes live with a mental illness for months, even years, before seeking treatment.

What is Comprehensive DBT?

One of the many strengths of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is that it is an evidence-based practice. This means that the treatment plan integrates clinical expertise with external scientific evidence.

The Connection Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders (EDs) are particularly common in individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Symptoms

How do you know if your mood swings are the result of the changing environment around you, or whether they are a symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

The Importance of Family in BPD Treatment

Finding a Borderline Personality Disorder treatment center that involves family in the process will be vital helping your loved one recover. It’s not just those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder who would be helped by learning skills such as mindfulness and better communication.

How is Borderline Personality Disorder Different from Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Based on overlapping symptoms, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are often mistaken for one another.

Support for Families Impacted by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Just as important as treatment for the person with Borderline Personality Disorder is support for the families. These family support systems are invaluable even when your loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder either does not see a need for BPD treatment or sees a need but refuses to undergo treatment.

DBT Skills: Practicing Mindful Eating (Video)

Have you ever finished a meal without having really tasted a bite? Have you rushed to finish breakfast in your car on the way to work? You can end the eating-on-auto-pilot cycle with mindful eating, a skill taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) programs.

The Role of Validation in BPD Treatment

Feeling validated is important for everyone, but is of great importance in recovery from the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Validation is one of the key components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is used in the treatment of BPD.

The Link between Borderline Personality Disorder and Stress

Among the many theories and assumptions made about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and those who suffer from its symptoms is the idea that people with BPD have a lower tolerance to stress, have elevated reactions to stress, and have longer recovery times from stressful events.

BPD Symptoms: Suicidal Behaviors

Seventy percent of people living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) attempt suicide. Ten percent of those diagnosed with BPD complete suicide, a suicide rate that is several times higher than that of any other mental illness.

BPD vs. Bipolar Disorder: What Is the Difference?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Bipolar Disorder share many similar symptoms, the most evident being unstable moods and impulsive actions.

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment: Suicidal Behaviors

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) has a suicide rate many times that of the general population, and even higher than that of any other mental illness.