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Abuse Twists Reality

Abuse Twists Reality

You’re on a first date – attractive person, nice restaurant, good conversation, and after dessert, you excuse yourself to use the restroom. When you return to the table, your date is visibly upset. They stand up, waving wildly for the ticket, grab your hand and storm both of you out the door.

You’re wondering what horrible thing happened during your absence, so you willingly follow. Once in the parking lot, your date puts their hand around your throat, pushes you against the car, and whispers into your ear, “I was talking to you. No one gets up and leaves while I’m talking!”

What do you do? Call for help as soon as you’re free? Run for the hills? Probably. No one stays with a person who acts like that! Unless…

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Finding Balance In Eating Disorders Recovery (Video)

Finding Balance In Eating Disorders Recovery (Video)

Recovery from an eating disorder can be all-consuming at times. In this video, I talk about how you can and should balance recovery with real-life activities and how that balance can ultimately help you in your recovery from an eating disorder.

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Video: Bipolar Child and Psychotic Depression

Video: Bipolar Child and Psychotic Depression

Is my son, Bob (who has bipolar disorder), experiencing “psychotic depression?”

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Small Steps Helpful When Siblings Compete With Mentally Ill Child for Parents’ Attention

Small Steps Helpful When Siblings Compete With Mentally Ill Child for Parents’ Attention

Years ago, as a Girl Scout, I went camping at a theme park set in the “old west.” One of the attractions was a candy store that made fresh saltwater taffy. We got to watch as a huge batch of taffy was pulled…this way, that way, pulled and pulled and stretched and pulled.

Lately, I feel a lot like that taffy.

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The Insanity Clause – When Santa Wrestles With Mental Illness

The Insanity Clause – When Santa Wrestles With Mental Illness

The holidays are fast upon us and that means it’s more important than ever to remember what they are all about – the spirit of giving!

Specifically, the happiness others experience when they give things to me! Lots of things – flashy, superficial things – digital things made in China – housed in cheap, plastic cases offending the eye with their bawdy, grotesque colors! You betcha! Bring it on! Forget subtlety! At holiday time anything worth doing is worth overdoing; good taste is bad and bad taste is great!

At Christmas We Are Children Once Again; Hideous, Greedy Children

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There Is No One Way to Have Borderline Personality Disorder

There Is No One Way to Have Borderline Personality Disorder

I have two nephews, Des and Landon, that I dote on considerably. During Thanksgiving, I visited Landon at his parents’ house, Landon wanted to show me everything (“Fish!  Tree!   Light!”) and gave me one of his toys.  When I visited Des at my parent’s house, I held out my arms and he screamed–he thought I was a stranger since I’m not around him every day.

Two one-year-olds.  Two different phases of development.

So what does this have to do with borderline personality disorder (BPD)? Just as two one-year-olds may differ, so people with BPD may differ. There is no one way to have BPD.

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Maintaining Mental Health During Emotional Setbacks

Maintaining Mental Health During Emotional Setbacks

I'm trying. I'm really trying to maintain my mental health during this emotional setback. This break up. Any advice?

In my last video post, Emotion Regulation and Dating with Bipolar Disorder, I talked about what I thought was a burgeoning relationship or something with Erik.  Well, that something has become a nothing and I’m crushed.  Not because I was in love with him or anything, but because in spite of my new-found emotional health I ended up where I’ve generally been:  alone.

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Bipolar Disorder Thought Types

Bipolar Disorder Thought Types

Recently a doctor stopped by my blog and asked about types of thoughts people with bipolar disorder have. Specifically, he was asking about “crowded” thoughts. Crowded thoughts are likened to “too many people jammed into this office.” Crowded thoughts constitute the experience of having too many thoughts at one time.

So it got me to thinking, what are the types of thoughts and what types of thoughts are typical for bipolar disorder.

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Talk is Cheap: Walk the Road to Recovery

Talk is Cheap: Walk the Road to Recovery

Analyzing “Talk”

Some people like chocolate and some people like going to movies. Me, well, I like my thesaurus. I like things like this: certain pens, books, a 5,000 page book full of words that connect to words that mean, pretty much, the same damn thing. So, fueled by caffeine, I look up the word talk (and here is to hoping a few you like words, sort of), and am confronted with a whole slew of them.

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Thankful for Good Times With Mentally Ill Child

Thankful for Good Times With Mentally Ill Child

It’s Sunday night. One child is in bed; the other is doing his nightly reading. Tomorrow, everyone goes back to work and school. The long Thanksgiving family-fest weekend is over.

We survived.

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