Overcoming One of My Biggest Regrets From When BPD Ruled My Life (Borderline Personality Disorder)

Trigger Warning (TW): This post contains content that may be triggering for some readers. The scene: I’m riding in the passenger side of my boyfriend’s Lexus.  The sun has gone down. He says it’s time for him to go home.  Going home meant he would be leaving me and spending the night with his wife.  Although […]

5 Symptoms That Are Often Confused With Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) | Guest Post by Marcela De Vivo

Please welcome guest blogger Marcela De Vivo and her post, “Symptoms That Are Often Confused With BPD.” TW: This post contains content that may be triggering for some readers. Mental illness can be difficult enough for friends and loved ones to detect at all, but distinguishing among similar conditions is even more of a challenge. […]

Upcoming Documentary on BPD (and Why I Agreed To Be In It)

I always had a feeling I’d end up on the silver screen, having loved classic movies all of my life and dreaming of being a starlet. What I didn’t expect was what my first “starring role” would be: a raw, up-close and personal portrait-style interview in a documentary on Borderline Personality Disorder.  Yes, upon the […]

MBT: The “Missing Link” of DBT? (Mentalization Based Treatment / Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Many of you know that after many years of hard work, I recently graduated from DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).  I had lots of questions within me, including “What comes next on the path of recovery?”Shortly after I graduated, I received an intriguing email from Amanda Smith, creator of the psychoeducational daily email My Dialectical Life, […]

Couponing to Contribute: A DBT Distress Tolerance Skill Application In Real Life

As emotionally sensitive people, we often think that when we do something, we must do it big…fantastically…brilliantly, and with all of our effort, every single time.  The fact is, this is not always the case, and it’s a lot of pressure to put on oneself if you’re feeling down and distressed. Sometimes, when feeling like […]

Learn Your DBT’s with a Marsha Linehan Video Marathon

Dr. Marsha Linehan of Behavioral Tech, LLC. is responsible for developing what is now known as DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  Originally developed to help those with Borderline Personality Disorder, it is now used to treat a wide range of emotion dysregulation disorders and issues. If you don’t know Marsha’s story, [Dr. Marsha Linehan comes […]

Challenging BPD-Related Distorted Thinking to Reduce Your Suffering

In  my early twenties, there were some very specific behaviors that I engaged in related to the BPD symptoms of paranoid ideation and an intense fear of being abandoned.  In this video, my goal is to reach out to those of you with whom these behaviors may ring a bell. If today is when you […]

Skills for a Psychiatric Pickle* (*dilemma) – Rapping about DBT

In DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), we learn that if you can solve a problem that is distressing you, then problem solving is a great place to start.  But what happens when you find yourself extremely stressed out by a situation over which you have no immediate control or way of resolving? We encounter situations like this […]

My Graduation From DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Today

So, what happens when you complete a program designed to help you overcome sabotaging behaviors and to build a life worth living? What happens when it’s time to graduate from that program and move on? I had this bittersweet experience today.  For several years, I have been enrolled in a DBT group/class, and during this […]

Online DBT Group Announcement/Update

Since we launched our initial pilot group (we are now in Week 12), we have been receiving a substantial amount of emails from those of you wanting to get on-board for the next round. We have a big announcement to make about the new and improved group series that we’ll be bringing to you. We are very […]