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DBT Skills: Embracing Radical Acceptance

Resistance to change is a problem most people deal with. Embracing radical acceptance is a helpful practice for those with a borderline personality disorder.

How to Manage BPD Triggers During the Holiday Season

Living with borderline personality disorder isn’t easy. Learning how to manage BPD triggers during the holiday season is harder but these tips may help!

5 Benefits of Virtual Connection During the Holidays

There’s no denying that the holidays are going to look different this year. These are 5 of the many benefits of virtual family connection!

How to Do an Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder

Whether or not your loved one with BPD agrees to get help, if you care for a person with BPD you also need to take care of yourself and your own mental health.

What’s a Manic Personality?

When a person experiences a period with a dramatically high mood, difficulty thinking clearly, and extreme energy, they may be experiencing mania.

How do the Best DBT Programs for Women Work?

DBT programs for women are highly effective forms of treatment for BPD and many other mental health disorders.

Can You Treat Borderline Personality Disorder at Home?

Are you interested in learning more about ways to treat borderline personality disorder at home? Find out some tips to try for managing your BPD symptoms.

How to Pick the Right Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

There are numerous options when you’re looking at treatment for borderline personality disorder. Do you know how to decide which program is best for you?

Is There a Test for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

Here are some of the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) that you can review to test yourself or a loved one for BPD.

How does Somatic and EMDR Therapy Help People with BPD?

Somatic and EMDR therapies go beyond traditional mental health therapy to connect the mind with the physical experiences of the body.

The Importance of Residential Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

If your BPD symptoms disrupt your daily life, residential treatment for borderline personality disorder can help. Why is residential treatment a great option?

What Should a Good BPD Treatment Plan Look Like?

A good borderline personality disorder (BPD) treatment plan should be customized and adapted to the needs of each individual client.

What Are the Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

While the exact cause of borderline personality disorder isn’t clear, studies show genetics, brain function, and environmental factors contribute to developing BPD.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental condition characterized by grandiosity and an exaggerated sense of self-importance. A person with this disorder always expects to be admired and to receive favorable treatment.

How Mental Health Affects Your Self-Esteem

Your sense of self-esteem and your mental health are closely related. The way you feel about yourself affects your life, particularly your emotional and mental well-being.

How to Handle Borderline Personality Disorder Rage

Anger that is intense, uncontrolled or inappropriate can be a devastating symptom for someone who has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) .

What is Mentalization-Based Therapy for BPD Treatment?

Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) is a form of psychotherapy found to bring long-term symptom improvement in people with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Ways to Celebrate Your Mental Health Gains This Year

Give yourself a pat on the back for everything you’ve done right. Encourage yourself to continue to stay on track by celebrating your mental health gains.

What Does Recovery from BPD Look Like?

Newer approaches to treating Borderline Personality Disorder can help you to manage your symptoms and lead a full life. Recovery from BPD is possible!

Overcoming Fear of Therapy: How Person-Centered Mental Health Treatment Empowers Clients

Taking charge of your own mental health is very empowering. Person-centered therapy offers a supportive atmosphere of unconditional positive response.

Managing Mental Illness Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be very stressful, leading to or intensifying feelings of anxiety or depression, especially if you are living with mental illness. If at any time during the holidays you feel overwhelmed, depressed or anxious, ask for help.

Why We Need to Talk About Borderline Personality Disorder

The more people understand that borderline personality disorder is treatable and nothing to be ashamed of, the more people with BPD will get help without fear of being judged.

Is Borderline Personality Disorder the Same as Emotional Immaturity?

A person with Borderline Personality Disorder has difficulty regulating their emotions, but not everyone who is emotionally immature has BPD.

Is CBT or DBT Better for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder?

Two of the forms of psychotherapy that are most effective in treating BPD are cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

Why Does Borderline Personality Disorder Hurt So Much?

People with BPD experience intense mental-emotional pain as their baseline mood. Emotions are extremely intense, leading to episodes of depression, anxiety or anger.

How Important is a Healthy Diet for People with Borderline Personality Disorder?

Eating regular nutritious meals is a form of healthy self-care that may help to reduce emotional ups and downs and help to improve your quality of life.

Treatment Goals for Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD is a treatable condition. By working with your therapist and support groups, it’s possible to attain your treatment goals.

5 Essential Conflict Management Skills

While you won’t be able to avoid conflict altogether, these skills can help you to manage conflict in healthy ways and can strengthen the bonds of your relationships.

Why Borderline Personality Disorder Requires Specialized Treatment for Recovery

Treating Borderline Personality Disorder requires patience and commitment. Recovery is possible with time, effort, and specialized treatment.

Why a Diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder Isn’t the End of the World

While a diagnosis of BPD may sound frightening, there are treatments available that can help you to lead a productive and satisfying life.

The Truth About Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a form of mental illness that is often stigmatized and misunderstood. Here are the truths about BPD.

Does DBT Really Work When You Are in a BPD or C-PTSD Crisis?

DBT is very effective for helping to improve the symptoms of BPD or C-PTSD, but it may take some time to see a reduction in the intensity of symptoms.

How to Be More Mindful in 2019 and Beyond

Mindfulness is a simple practice that can help bring calmness and peace while decreasing stress and anxiety in your life.

Treating Depression with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT has been found to be very effective in treating many forms of emotional or behavioral challenges including depression.

Do the Symptoms of Bipolar Get Worse with Age?

Symptoms of bipolar disorder can appear at any age, but most people experience symptoms beginning in their late teens or early adolescence.

What’s the Best Way to Deal with Mood Swings?

Sometimes mood swings are normal and are related to fatigue or body rhythms, but extreme ups and downs could also be a sign of a mental illness such as bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.

How is Borderline Personality Disorder Similar to PTSD?

The similar symptoms that occur between borderline personality disorder (BPD) and PTSD can make it hard to distinguish between them.

How to Regulate Myself When Anxiety Clouds My Thinking

Practicing these techniques of self-regulation and working with a therapist can help you to reduce your symptoms of anxiety, including brain fog.

What are the Best Medications for BPD?

When treating borderline personality disorder, medication may be used to treat the symptoms or conditions that accompany BPD, such as anxiety or depression.

What is Splitting in Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious form of mental illness characterized by a pattern of mood swings, impulsive actions and problems with relationships. People with BPD have trouble regulating their emotions effectively. They may experience splitting, which is a […]

Are There Other Disorders with Similar Symptoms to Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by emotional reactivity, turbulent relationships, instability, insecurity and low self-image. Many people who are living with this challenging condition don’t even know they have it. According to the National Alliance […]

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.