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Surviving Disruption

Surviving Disruption

No one likes a disruption of his or her daily routine. But is it worth getting upset about? Becky Oberg, author of the More Than Borderline blog, discusses how to survive and thrive despite chaos.

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How One Mental Hospital Got Branded For Good

How One Mental Hospital Got Branded For Good

Marketers today are obsessed with “branding” which, in the most general of terms, is the mental picture a prospect or customer has of a company. For example, when you say “McDonald’s” I think of a diabolical clown whose red shoes skate across a smear of grease. Others might think of inedible food in bright red boxes served up by awkward, angry teenagers dreaming of their next tattoos. Companies may project any brand they like, but their actual brand is the image and opinion others have of them.

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Bipolar Disorder and Comorbid Borderline Personality Disorder

Bipolar Disorder and Comorbid Borderline Personality Disorder

Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder have crossover traits and so a person with bipolar disorder can often mistakenly be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. In fact, some feel that diagnosis with both disorders is inappropriate unless the patient’s bipolar disorder is in remission.

But some people do meet the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. I would have put this number much lower than it actually is thought to be. From the research I’ve done, it appears that borderline personality disorder is comorbid to bipolar in around 40% of cases. This is particularly surprising as it was once thought that personality disorders were only comorbid to bipolar in 12% of cases or less.

But what is borderline personality disorder and what does it mean if you’re diagnosed with both bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

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When Life Hands You Lemons, Don’t Panic!

When Life Hands You Lemons, Don’t Panic!

My son owns a tee shirt that says,

“When life hands you lemons, keep them. Because, you know, free lemons!”

I like to keep life light. But sometimes crises happen and they can set our anxiety on overdrive. Once panic sets it, it takes all of our energy. Energy that we need to handle the situation!

On the other hand, if we used that energy to handle the situation. It would make our anxiety go down! Really! Read on for Five Things To Do When You are In A Crisis:

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Get Off Your Guilt Trip and Gain Self-Esteem

Learn how to get rid of guilt and worries in order to build self-esteem.

Get Off Your Guilt Trip and Gain Self-Esteem

What is the function of guilt? Do you notice that you are frequently worried or angry with yourself for something you have little control over? A family member may have made you feel like you didn’t meet their expectations or your child cocks her head when you leave and you develop this unsettling feeling of guilt. It’s important to realize though, others are not causing you to feel guilty, you are. No one can make you feel guilty without your approval. Your negative self-talk and low self-esteem keeps guilt alive in your mind.

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11 Ways to Fuel PTSD Recovery

11 Ways to Fuel PTSD Recovery

No matter who you are, healing PTSD can be difficult. While we can pump ourselves up (and get friends and family to give us pep talks) sometimes in those moments you’re all alone you just need a go-to list of places to give yourself an infusion of calm, hope, inspiration, motivation and even, a little bit of love.

In everything I’ve written about here over the past year, I’ve never done a post that gives you a list of resources, so this will be the first one!

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Self-Harm and the Emotional Roller-Coaster

Self-Harm and the Emotional Roller-Coaster

Every human struggles with emotions – plain and simple. These emotions can range from love and lust to fear and sadness. Sometimes, with the snap of a finger, emotions can dramatically change. It’s sad that when people start acting depressed or anxious or paranoid they automatically start throwing labels, saying so-and-so is “acting bipolar” or “must have schizophrenia”.

To everyone who throws around labels like this – think before you say because, believe me, it hurts.

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Finding Community in Eating Disorder Recovery

Finding Community in Eating Disorder Recovery

Speaking out about having recovered from an eating disorder has been very rewarding to me. I have been getting involved with mental health related organizations in my community and I share aspects of my life as a person who has recovered from bulimia. Writing the Surviving ED blog has been very inspiring too. 

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Self-Knowledge Is Not Enough To Treat BPD

Self-Knowledge Is Not Enough To Treat BPD

In AA today, we were talking about the insanity behind substance abuse, a common symptom of borderline personality disorder (BPD). We agreed that self-knowledge is not enough to solve the various addictions we face in life, whether it be alcohol, self-injury or any other self-destructive behavior.

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How to Honor Our Feelings to Honor Ourselves

How to Honor Our Feelings to Honor Ourselves

Honor your feelings even if others invalidate or dismiss them. It may sound hard, but dishonoring our feelings hurts our mental health. Learn more here.

It’s important to honor our feelings, to treat them with respect and to not judge ourselves for having them. Even embarrassing feelings, or hateful ones, or angry ones. We can honor our feelings without acting on them immediately because when you own your feelings, you have self-discipline and can allow feelings to pass in and out of you until you feel ready to act on them. Or not. Learning to honor our feelings teaches us to honor ourselves.

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