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DBT Skill–Mindfulness for Radical Acceptance with Borderline

DBT Skill–Mindfulness for Radical Acceptance with Borderline

DBT skills like mindfulness and radical acceptance help those of us with borderline to tolerate what is instead of to fight what should be. Visit HealthyPlace to learn how to use these DBT skills and stop suffering today.

The dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skill of mindfulness helps people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) practice radical acceptance of reality. Learning to tolerate life, exactly as it is in this moment, is a difficult struggle for any sufferer of BPD. At its core, BPD is fundamentally an attempt to escape intense pain and frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined fears of abandonment. We get ourselves into trouble trying to run away from reality and the uncomfortable feelings associated with living in reality. The DBT skill of mindfulness and radical acceptance work together to help me accept reality.

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How To Cope With Your New Borderline Diagnosis

How To Cope With Your New Borderline Diagnosis

How do you cope with a new borderline diagnosis? Read this helpful guide about accepting, and coping with, a new borderline personality disorder diagnosis.

Coping with a new borderline diagnosis can be challenging. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to accept your borderline diagnosis and start healing.

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Extreme Emotion Coping Skills for Borderlines

Extreme Emotion Coping Skills for Borderlines

Extreme emotions require coping skills - especially if you have borderline personality disorder. How can we cope with extreme emotional whirlwinds? Read this.

Coping skills for borderlines experiencing extreme emotions are critical to develop. Highly intense, emotional reactions are one of the dominant features of borderline personality disorder (BPD). How can we return to ourselves when we’re caught in an emotional whirlwind? What coping skills can be we learn for dealing with extreme emotions?

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Setting Boundaries with Borderline Sufferers

Setting Boundaries with Borderline Sufferers

It’s okay — and sometimes necessary — to set functional boundaries with people suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD). Read about setting boundaries with borderline personality disorder sufferers (Setting Functional Boundaries).

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Soothing the Inner Child in Borderline Personality Disorder

Soothing the Inner Child in Borderline Personality Disorder

Soothing borderline personality by indulging your inner child might be just what the doctor ordered for BPD symptoms. Forget childishness and play! Read this.

It’s important to soothe your inner child in borderline personality disorder. When your inner child asks for something, do you listen? If not, it might be time to start paying attention, even if that means indulging in so-called “childish” things

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Schema Modes and Therapy in Borderline Personality Disorder

Schema Modes and Therapy in Borderline Personality Disorder

For me, the most helpful framework in understanding borderline personality disorder (BPD) comes out of schema therapy, a borderline personality disorder treatment, which includes a concept known as schema modes. The easiest way to understand schema modes is to think of them as personalities. Different personalities take over to protect the borderline when she is hurt or threatened in some way. Schema modes in borderline personality disorder are a form of maladaptive coping that the person learned in response to childhood trauma, and schema therapy is designed to address these modes.

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Should Parents Ever Deceive Their Child to Get Them Psychiatric Help?

Should Parents Ever Deceive Their Child to Get Them Psychiatric Help?

I’ll be honest–normally I hate celebrity “news.” But one story recently provoked a lot of strong feelings–Amanda Bynes was tricked into going into a mental health facility. It raises a question: Should parents ever deceive their child to get them psychiatric help?

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The Price of Non-Existent Mental Illness Treatment

The Price of Non-Existent Mental Illness Treatment

I spent nine months on the borderline personality disorder (BPD) unit at Larue Carter Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis. At the time, it was the only inpatient unit specializing in schema therapy for BPD in the country. Recently I learned that this unit, which changed and probably saved my life, is now closed. It made me think about what happens to patients when psychiatric hospitals close–it rarely ends well.

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Should Pastoral Counselors Be Licensed?

Should Pastoral Counselors Be Licensed?

I recently read an article about a new class of mental health professionals in Kentucky–licensed pastoral counselors. Due to my negative experience with Christian counseling, I am hesitant, but cautiously optimistic. I can understand both sides of the argument, but here’s why I think it’s a good idea.

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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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