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Letting Go: How I Stopped Looking Back

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. – Lao Tzu

It’s taken me way too long to learn that hanging on to the past will only hurt you.  And when I say ‘hanging on to the past’, I’m not talking about those great childhood memories.  I’m talking about the bad ones.. Continue reading “Letting Go: How I Stopped Looking Back”

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Breaking Down BPD

I just love this post.
I laughed reading it because it so accurately describes BPD and it felt like this blogger was writing about my life.

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According to the American Psychological Association, the prevalence rate of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in the general population is approximately 1-2% of lifetime occurrence.  So no worries, we are not alone ;).a9a0fb9e-6e03-4b8a-bf25-a04fa3c497b5


So I was able to do the impossible, find my lost blog posts. Before I re-post this one, I would like to add that I have been practicing as a mental health clinician again, and many of my clients have been curious to learn about their diagnoses.  Interestingly enough, when asked about if learning and understanding more of the disorder helped, they all said yes.  One specifically stated “I don’t feel like I’m crazy anymore, knowing that other people feel how I do, it makes me feel normal.” I still of course can only speak for myself when I say learning about Borderline Personality Disorder, educating myself on it and understanding it has been a tremendous help. I admit…

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Tips On How To Stop Obsessing

It took me a while to think of an appropriate title.  I wanted it to say so much more.. to add something like ‘obsessing is making me unhappy’ or ‘my obsessive thoughts are self-destructive’ but the title would have been too wordy.  (Aesthetics, right?)  Ultimately, I want people to know that obsessing is common and that it can be managed.  Maybe it will never stop or go away, but I’ve shared a few of my tips you can use that may help when you feel like you’re about to go off the deep end.

But first!  What is it like to be BPD and deal with obsessive thoughts…?  Great question, let me elaborate: Continue reading “Tips On How To Stop Obsessing”

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Self-Stigmatizing: You VS You

So recently I decided that I no longer needed my medication.  I mean, who wants to live the rest of their life bound to a little bottle of pills, right?  I had convinced myself that it really wasn’t appealing to be that person.  The one who NEEDS medication in order to function at a somewhat normal level.  I was pretty resolved.  There was no changing my mind.  Crazy pills weren’t my thing anymore.  I was going to be a part of normal society. Continue reading “Self-Stigmatizing: You VS You”