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

Short days, cold temperatures, weather that disrupts schedules and makes travel treacherous — winter is a challenge for many people, for many reasons. Add low moods, crying jags, irritability and other symptoms of depression and it’s enough to make you […]

Striking a Chord of Truth

The song Heavy, written by the band Linkin Park and sung by lead vocalist Chester Bennington and guest vocalist Kiiara, offer up a new poignancy, as friends and fans grieve over Chester’s suicide in July 2017. The riveting lyrics strike […]

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

People who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) tend to struggle with managing their emotions. In particular, social situations and social relationships can be triggers for emotional distress. Because of this, the holidays can become a particularly difficult […]

Borderline Personality Disorder and Co-Occurring Alcoholism in Women

For as long as you can remember, people close to you have been telling you to calm down. You’ve been called a drama queen, a lush, and worse. You’ve been told you’re overreacting, that you need to chill out, and […]

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. At times, this is because they don’t […]

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.  Many providers will claim that they provide DBT when it […]

The Connection Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Eating Disorders: At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States. Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as […]

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Symptoms

Mood lighting. Mood music. Moods can change for a multitude of reasons, and can be affected by all sorts of environmental factors. The color of a wall, even (there is a reason hospitals are painted in calming colors like light […]

The Importance of Family in BPD Treatment

Loving someone with Borderline Personality Disorder can be confusing and, often, exhausting. Imagine your loved one telling you, “I’m a bad person,” or, “I want to kill myself.” These statements, so emotionally charged, are difficult to deal with in a […]

Borderline Personality Disorder vs. Narcissistic Personality Disorder: How are They Different?

Based on overlapping symptoms, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are often mistaken for one another. The two personality disorders even have a rate of co-occurrence of about 25 percent, according to the National Alliance on Mental […]

Support for Families of those with Borderline Personality Disorder

It’s not breaking news that Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) affects more than just the person who suffers from the symptoms firsthand. BPD profoundly impacts the lives of those around people with the disorder. You may be in a relationship with […]

DBT Skills: Practicing Mindful Eating (Video)

It’s amazing how marketing and convenience has shifted our perspective on eating over the years. “Fun food,” “fast food,” “5-minute meals,” and “handy packaging” are common messages sent today that have made eating without even thinking about it something we […]

The Role of Validation in BPD Treatment

Validation is acknowledgment that what you are feeling or thinking is okay, without any judgment. 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 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 […]

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. One of the many […]

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. As a result, they are quite often confused and those suffering the life-altering symptoms of one or the other are […]

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. Around 75 percent of those diagnosed with BPD will attempt suicide at least once. Tragically, […]