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How Can Colleges Help Students with Mental Illness?

How Can Colleges Help Students with Mental Illness?

I was diagnosed with severe mental illness while I was a sophomore in college. I was suicidal, which prompted an emergency psychiatric evaluation. Unfortunately, it also prompted eviction from the dorm and suspension from school. I later got the director of the counseling center to admit–on the record–that the policy was more for the benefit of other students than the suicidal student. It was not the most compassionate of policies. So how can colleges and universities help students with mental illness?

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Government Aid, Stigma, and Mental Illness Treatment

Government Aid, Stigma, and Mental Illness Treatment

If you haven’t seen Kristen Bell’s take on a minimum wage versus a living wage, you need to. But regardless of where you stand on the issue, there’s a side that isn’t being told–life below the poverty line while on Social Security Disability. Did you know that a person with the maximum disability benefits receives less than a full-time minimum wage earner? Or that 80% of mental health consumers are unemployed?

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An Open Letter To My Former Church About Mental Illness

An Open Letter To My Former Church About Mental Illness

Sometimes houses of worship are not the sanctuaries we need them to be. Many people of faith believe that mental illness is a spiritual problem, which hurts everyone involved. More Than Borderline’s, Becky Oberg, endured two exorcisms at the hands of a charismatic non-denominational church, eventually leaving when she realized they would not accept her mental illness or her.

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Reflections on One Year of Sobriety

Reflections on One Year of Sobriety

On March 25, I celebrated one year of sobriety by the grace of God and the fellowship of Alcoholic’s Anonymous (A.A.). (Wondering if you’re an alcoholic? Try the CAGE test.) I’ve been in a somewhat reflective mood and have considered all I’ve learned over the past year. Three sayings I’ve taken to heart are: “Fake it ’til you make it,” “Anger is the dubious luxury of normal people,” and “Keep showing up until the miracle occurs.”

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Video: Good Decisions, Experience, Bad Decisions

Even a bad decision has its usefulness! More Than Borderline’s Becky Oberg talks about how bad decisions give us the experience to make good decisions.

Video: Good Decisions, Experience, Bad Decisions

Even a bad decision has its usefulness! More Than Borderline’s, Becky Oberg, talks about how bad decisions give us the experience to make good decisions. Watch this.

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Does It Get Better?

Borderline personality disorder does get better if you work at it. You are worth the wait.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Does It Get Better?

Recently I was hospitalized for depression. Another patient, who had just been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), found out about this blog and asked me “Does it ever get any better?”

The answer is yes, but not quickly.

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About Becky Oberg, Author of “More Than Borderline” Blog

About Becky Oberg, Author of “More Than Borderline” Blog

I think the name “More than Borderline” is an excellent name for the blog, especially since so many mental health professionals will dismiss people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) as “just a borderline”.

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