Borderline personality disorder · Dissociative disorder · PTSD · Uncategorized

Stepping outside yourself: dissociative disorders

Okay, let's start with the formal definition: dissociation is a disturbance in one’s experience of reality.  It occurs any time there's a disruption in the normally integrated functions of a person’s consciousness.  Dissociation can vary from distortion of perception to total shifts of identity.  This phenomenon is often triggered by severe, repetitive psychological trauma.  Some… Continue reading Stepping outside yourself: dissociative disorders

Borderline personality disorder · Therapy · Uncategorized

DBT: improving the lives of people with borderline personality disorder

"Having BPD is difficult, but not hopeless.  I've learned to use what makes me different to grow a beautiful person, a better person." --Anonymous Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) was created by Marsha Linehan, PhD, to help people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) improve the quality of their lives. Basically this therapy is an intensive 6-month… Continue reading DBT: improving the lives of people with borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder · Uncategorized

Understanding borderline personality disorder

"People with BPD are like [patients] with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies.  Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement." -- Dr. Marsha Linehan Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a perplexing disorder, partly because people with this illness tend to spark deeply positive or negative emotions in those… Continue reading Understanding borderline personality disorder