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Introduction to Laura Lewis, Author of ‘More Than Borderline’

Introduction to Laura Lewis, Author of ‘More Than Borderline’

Hello, everyone. I am happy to join HealthyPlace as a blogger on the More Than Borderline blog. My name is Laura, and I know about borderline personality disorder (BPD) from living with it for decades, as well as from working in the mental health field for 10 years and encountering many people with the diagnosis. It can be challenging to work with people who have BPD, but it is far more challenging to be the person who lives with the mental illness.

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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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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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About Emily Eveland, Author of ‘More Than Borderline’

About Emily Eveland, Author of ‘More Than Borderline’

I’m thrilled to introduce myself as the new author of HealthyPlace.com’s More than Borderline blog. I’m a 25-year-old memoirist, journalist, and songwriter from Chicago whose creative work is primarily centered on mental health and recovery. Over the past 12 years, I’ve been handed a number of diagnoses, including borderline personality disorder (BPD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar spectrum, dysthymia, major depression, anxiety, anorexia nervosa, and drug/alcohol addiction. My personal belief is that most, if not all, of these diagnoses stem from the two primary causes of borderline personality disorder: sensitivity and trauma/invalidation.

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Location May Determine Access to Mental Illness Treatment

Location May Determine Access to Mental Illness Treatment

After being medically discharged from the Army, More Than Borderline‘s Becky Oberg returned to Indianapolis to begin mental illness treatment. She soon learned that her location determined her access to borderline personality disorder (BPD) treatment almost as much as her insurance. She first saw a doctor in private practice, but transferred to a sliding-scale clinic after her COBRA ran out. She became suicidal and psychotic, but the hospital that treated cases like hers from her county was full. She was admitted to a different hospital, which wiped out her life savings because she was not eligible for its reduced rate.

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What Happens When Your Dream Seems to Die?

What Happens When Your Dream Seems to Die?

In September of 2008, More Than Borderline‘s, Becky Oberg, was in a state-run psychiatric hospital. As she reflected on her life, she wondered if her journalism career was over. After all, she’d failed to find a job and had been fired from her dream job for having a dissociative episode while on the clock. It did indeed seem her career was over due to the stigma against mental illnesses such as borderline personality disorder (BPD).

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Know Your Borderline Baseline to Prevent Problems

Know Your Borderline Baseline to Prevent Problems

We all know the joke that “normal” is just a setting on the dryer (it’s also a street name here in Indianapolis), but let’s face it–we have a normal (for us) mode of operation. Mental health professionals call this “baseline.” Some people have high baselines and can pass for someone who does not have a psychiatric diagnosis. Others have a low baseline and wander around in public talking to themselves–I have a few neighbors like that. But we all have a borderline baseline.

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Three Yoga Poses for People with Borderline Personality Disorder

Three Yoga Poses for People with Borderline Personality Disorder

Yoga, an ancient Hindu exercise designed to bring spiritual enlightenment, has slowly gained in popularity in the West. It has many health benefits, including some benefits for borderline personality disorder and other severe mental illnesses. More Than Borderline’s Becky Oberg demonstrates three easy poses: Mountain, Warrior, and Downward-Facing Dog.

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How Buying Something Can Trigger Symptoms of BPD (Video)

How Buying Something Can Trigger Symptoms of BPD (Video)

Are your symptoms of borderline personality disorder flaring up with no apparent cause? Sometimes a major purchase can trigger symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Instead of the buyer’s “high” that comes with something new, buyer’s remorse can be felt. The resulting sadness can cause symptoms of BPD such as self-harm.

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The One-Minute Relationship Test

The One-Minute Relationship Test

Are you in a unhealthy relationship or an healthy relationship? Here’s a 60-second test that may help you find out.

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