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Go Home, Becky, You’re Borderline

Go Home, Becky, You’re Borderline

Sometimes mental health professionals see a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and assume the person is faking his or her symptoms. This can lead to a number of negative reactions, ranging from discarding what the patient is saying to denial of medical care. More Than Borderline’s Becky Oberg talks about this stigma and its consequences, as well as how to fight it.

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Amanda Bynes and Schizophrenia: Should Her Parents Get Conservatorship?

Amanda Bynes and Schizophrenia: Should Her Parents Get Conservatorship?

Latest from Perez Hilton, the National Enquirer and other gossip (oh, excuse me, entertainment news) sites: “Is Amanda Bynes Schizophrenic?

Ignoring for the moment how much we hate that term “schizophrenic”, let’s get to the heart of the reported issue.

Amanda is not doing well, and her parents are worried.

How well I know the feeling.

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Using Your Breath In PTSD Recovery

Using Your Breath In PTSD Recovery

It’s something you do every day, but how often do you actually deliberately think about breathing? Back when I was struggling with PTSD I never thought about my breath – or would have even believed that it could help me feel better almost instantly.

Recent research, however, proves that focusing on your breath can dramatically impact and reduce PTSD symptoms.

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Self-Harming Behaviors: We All Struggle With Them

Self-Harming Behaviors: We All Struggle With Them

We All Struggle With Self-Harming Behaviors

Biting nails. Popping zits. Picking blisters. Scratching scabs.

Who can honestly say they have not done any of the above? If you said you haven’t, I do not believe you.

We are all human and we all have little habits we do, sometimes without even realizing it. Some people will spend fifteen minutes in the mirror just picking at the pimples or zits or blackheads on their face. Before a big test, people tend to bite their nails and hangnails, sometimes until they bleed.

Surprise, surprise – these are self-harming behaviors.

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Do You Feel Forced to Multitask By Your Bipolar Brain?

Do You Feel Forced to Multitask By Your Bipolar Brain?

There is something I have noticed about my busy bipolar brain. I’ve noticed that it seems obsessed with multitasking. It almost seems to not allow me to do one thing at once. If I sit down to watch TV, for example, I can’t stop myself from also picking up my computer or playing a game on my cell phone. When I sit down to write an article, I have to constantly also be checking in on my social media at the same time. People always wonder how I can be everywhere at once. That’s easy. I’m everywhere at once because my brain is everywhere at once.

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Practical Tips For Enjoying A Mentally Healthy Vacation

Practical Tips For Enjoying A Mentally Healthy Vacation

It’s that time of year again, time for the mentally ill in our midst to pack up the dysfunctional family and set out on what it known, with charming imprecision, as “the summer vacation”.

These excursions into extravaganzas of unfulfilled expectations, simmering like gumbo on a sultry Louisiana evening before appearance as fully-formed resentments destined to plague psyches for decades to come, always seem to begin with an air of insouciance and breezy optimism based necessarily on our ability to forget what happened last year.

We sally forth, armed to the gills with digital devices which, we believe, will simplify our lives rather than dominate them with unintended and unnecessary complexity, as they actually do; the very opposite of what one imagines for a vacation since the word, simply, means to remove one’s self from the pressures of normal reality – not take it with you.

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Time Cost of Having Adult ADHD

Time Cost of Having Adult ADHD

Adult ADHD costs a lot of time. It costs a lot more time than a lot of other disorders, I’ve found. From psychotherapy to prescriptions to testing, ADHD takes time. Listen to my most recent story of getting prescriptions, having pharmacies out of my medications and how irritating it can be to be on a “controlled substance” that I’ve never abused.

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Stressed Out? I Can Relate

Stressed Out? I Can Relate

Ever thought to yourself, “I’m so stressed out that I can’t see straight?” Yup, that’s where I am right now and have been for the past few months. I am stressed out due to a combination of things – work, Bob, Bob’s schoolwork, summer plans, writing, bills, etc. I’m sure there are a few more to add, but I’m so fried I can’t list all of them here. I want to do the best job that I can with everything I do. But, my tendency to overachieve gets me stressed out.

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Are People with Bipolar Disorder Just “Moody?”

Are People with Bipolar Disorder Just “Moody?”

Bipolar moods vary in duration by person but typically, an untreated bipolar mood can last months or even years. All a bipolar disorder diagnosis requires is the presence of one manic/hypomanic mood episode and one depressed mood episode. This means that a person could be in a year-long depression and have only experienced one week of mania, a year ago, and still qualify for a bipolar diagnosis.

This is much to the surprise of many as there is a pervasive belief that bipolar disorder is about frequent “mood swings.” However, simply “being moody” is not indicative of bipolar disorder.

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Help Your Child Reduce Stress and Build Confidence

Therapist and Blogger Emily Roberts gives three tools to help reduce anxiety and build confidence in kids.

Help Your Child Reduce Stress and Build Confidence

Children today are more stressed than ever. The pressure to measure up to peers, please parents and teachers, perfect their after-school activities, and manage feelings can be tricky. When anxiety or pressure is overwhelming, a child’s confidence declines, making feeling good much more difficult. Many kids who have symptoms of stress or inability to focus at school have underlying anxiety, which is the function of their behaviors and or thought patterns.

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