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How An IOP Program Helped Me Find Myself

The first time I walked into the doors at my local psychiatric hospital to start their Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), I was absolutely terrified… so terrified…

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The Mixed Feelings Of Giving Up Self-Harm

Each year, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men engage in self-harm. For me, self-harm has been one of the main ways of…

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Why I’m So Open About My BPD

“Shouldn’t you be less open about borderline personality disorder? People will think you’re nuts.” I vividly remember my sister-in-law condemning me shortly after my formal…

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Mental Health Holds No Silver Linings

We live in a world where we tell people there’s only one way to feel: OK. When someone isn’t smiling and skipping around, we tell…

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To Someone Newly Diagnosed With BPD

Maybe you’ve spent years trying to understand why you seemed different. Perhaps you’ve stumped countless professionals or been turned away when you weren’t “better” with…

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The Harsh Reality Of BPD And Professionals

I hate introductions almost as much as I hate goodbyes. For someone living with borderline personality disorder, though, both of these occur commonly with personal…

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7 Common Myths About Borderline Personality

Borderline personality disorder comes with many stigmas, and tons of myths. The amount of negative media surrounding this disorder makes me sick. However, in hopes…

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Defining Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Nearly two years have passed since I first heard the words “wise mind” and “dialectics.” Since then, I’ve extensively researched Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I…

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What ‘Space’ Means To Someone With BPD

“I need space.” It seems like a harmless phrase, a simple request. It should be easy enough to accommodate; you simply allow some silent time…

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Chronic Emptiness & Seeking Attention

I’ve never told many people this, but I spend most of my time awake feeling empty. I lack a sense of purpose, a fulfilment in…

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