Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline Personality Disorder (abbreviated BPD) has a very bad name, mostly because it is difficult to understand. I talked about Personality Disorder Myths last week and briefly mentioned a few common misunderstandings about BPD.
For example, there are very few named portrayals of characters with Borderline Personality Disorder. The primary example is Girl, Interrupted, where Winona Ryder plays a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder (which is a terrible portrayal of Borderline). Read more

Personality Disorder Myths

A client with a personality disorder once described their experience to me. They described it like this: Imagine living your life, watching your actions like a TV screen. Like you couldn’t control what you’re doing and no one understands what you’re going through. No one believes you when you tell them you feel like you’re not in control and you don’t know how to explain it.
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Becoming A Better Therapist: Getting More Experience

I’ve mentioned several times about my experience towards becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I’m not going to go into the full process about how that happens today, but I want to talk about why I decided to take a second job in the mental health field. I spent a lot of time thinking about my decision and here’s the list of things that I took into consideration when making my decision:
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What is Schizophrenia + Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizophrenia is another frequently misunderstood disorder, though is portrayed more accurately in the media. Schizophrenia is commonly misused to describe someone with multiple personalities. The name schizophrenia is made up of two parts: “Schizo-,” meaning split, and “-phrenia,” meaning mind. Unlike the term “split mind” might indicate, schizophrenia is the mind splitting from reality, rather than splitting into pieces. Read more

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Let’s talk about Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder, previously called manic-depressive disorder, is a mood disorder. Bipolar Disorder is one of the most commonly misrepresented disorders in the media and the general public. Bipolar Disorder a mood disorder characterized by two opposing types of mood symptoms; hence the name “bi-“ meaning ‘two,’ and “polar,” meaning ‘opposites.’

Bipolar Disorder is not changing your mind quickly, being indecisive, or going from happy to sad in a matter of minutes.

There are actually two types of Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar I Disorder, and Bipolar II Disorder (abbreviated BPD1 & BPD2). Because of the differing mood symptoms, I’ve listed the criteria for specific episodes before going into detail about both types.
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What to Know About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Today I’m going to be focusing on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (abbreviated OCD), another anxiety disorder. OCD affects 1-2% of the population. While this isn’t a high number, it’s not excluded from media portrayal, by any means (Monk, As Good As It Gets, etc.)
If you’ve never heard of OCD, here’s a brief rundown: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is made up of two distinct parts of the disorder: obsessions, and compulsions.
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Important Facts About Depression

Today I want to share some information about depression with you. I’ll start with some basic facts, like the actual title of depression: Major Depressive Disorder (abbreviated MDD).
People typically think of depression as extreme sadness. While sadness is one symptom of depression, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of symptoms that often get overlooked, like: Read more

12 Common Mental Health Myths

Mental health is often misrepresented by the media and stigmatized by the public. I frequently hear statements of disbelief from my clients and peers when I talk about how common mental health issues are in the United States. In my career, I’ve learned there are many myths floating around that are commonly believed and often very, very rough. Today I’m doing to address the 12 most common mental health myths I hear.
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May in Mental Health Awareness Month. In my overwhelming interest in sharing budgeting tips and tricks with you, I’ve gotten away from another passion of mine: mental health.
I work in mental health full-time, working with people who are diagnosed with serious mental illness. I’ve learned so much in my short career thus far, and I want so badly to share what I have learned with everyone!
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