Kristen Wiig Stars in Upcoming Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Movie!

 Image courtesy of Alchemy I was so excited to learn from one of my students that Kristen Wiig of Saturday Night Live and movie fame will be portraying a young woman with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in a new major motion picture coming out on May 1, 2015 called “Welcome to Me.” I don’t know […]

BPD and Your Support System (or lack thereof)

  A support system is an incredibly important part of recovery from borderline personality disorder (BPD). But what do you do if you don’t have this? What do you do if you’ve pushed everyone away and burned every bridge? What do you do if you’ve isolated and don’t have any more connections? How do you […]

Emotional Vulnerability When You’re Under the Weather or in Physical Pain

Have you ever noticed that when you are feeling under the weather or otherwise less than 100% well physically, that you are more prone to feeling emotional?  It’s not just you. Dr. Marsha Linehan, who developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, has noted in her teachings that when we are not feeling well physically or […]

Santa Clara University Event: BPD and Stigma (with Debbie Corso)

Does stigma against people suffering from borderline personality disorder or BPD traits exist? Does it exist among clinical professionals? Even professors? The unfortunate answer to all of these questions is: yes. The level and intensity of the suffering that most people who are highly symptomatic and have borderline personality disorder or BPD traits have can […]

How to Fill Out a DBT Pros and Cons Worksheet

Do you have trouble managing your intense emotions and sometimes make impulsive decisions about important things? Do you later find yourself dealing with the regret and a catastrophe that needs damage control? Have you burned one too many bridges? The DBT Pros and Cons Worksheet may prove to be a helpful tool for you. It […]

Please Don’t Call Us “Borderlines” | BPD and Stigma

As people with borderline personality disorder, or who are in recovery from BPD, or who consider ourselves emotionally sensitive, you can probably relate to my disdain whenever we, as human beings, are referred to as “borderlines.” There is an insensitivity about it that bothers me. To refer to someone in this way can be highly […]

BPD: There is Strength in Vulnerability

I had an interesting experience this week.  Most of you know that I co-facilitate a weekly 90-minute worldwide, online DBT class with licensed social worker Amanda Smith, LMSW over at DBT Path.   Because I am in recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and very infrequently have symptoms/criteria that show up in my life anymore, I […]

Coping as an Emotionally Sensitive Person over the Holidays

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of co-facilitating a webinar presented by Optimum Performance Institute with Robert “Bob” Fischer, M.D. (a psychiatrist) and April E. House, MA, MFT (an eating disorder specialist). We talked about the various, usually quite inevitable triggers that we encounter over the holiday season as emotionally sensitive people. Whether you have […]

Hang Out With Me Online this Saturday Morning!

Want to learn about how to cope effectively with triggers this holiday season?  Check out this video, then click the link below to register for a FREE 90-minute, live, online event. I’ll be there — will you?  🙂 For those with MFT or MFTi designations, 1.5 CEU credits are available for attendance. Space is limited […]

Identity Issues and BPD

Halloween always reminds me of how stuck I used to be with the Borderline Personality Disorder issue of a lack of a sense of identity (with the masks and costumes and all).  Through much work through DBT, I no longer have this problem.  I never, ever imagined that I could overcome the lack of sense […]