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

Conflict · Uncategorized

A family member is badgering you: what do you do?

Problem: your aunt breaths fire at you whenever you see her.  She's belittling, insulting, hurtful, and all other synonyms for "offensive" you can come up with, and her nastiness burns you.  What do you do?  Is this worth a big fight, an exchange of words, a gentle palaver, or should you just leave it alone? … Continue reading A family member is badgering you: what do you do?

Anger · Autism spectrum and Asperger's · Uncategorized

For people with Asperger and Autism: how to get through a meltdown

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the formal definition of meltdown is a "disastrous situation" where a nuclear reactor core overheats and melts, with potential for widespread harm.  It turns out nuclear reactor cores and humans both have meltdowns when overstimulated.  For humans, a meltdown is an "emotional breakdown."  These breakdowns are loud, angry, scary,… Continue reading For people with Asperger and Autism: how to get through a meltdown

Aggression · Conflict · Coping skills & self-soothing · Uncategorized

How to deal with difficult people

It takes guts to deal with toxic relationships.  The difficult person might be a peer at school, colleague, parent, sibling, or neighbor, and they can do damage.  This post is about dealing with problem situations in assertive ways. Being assertive means standing up for your rights in a direct, honest way.  It's about solving a… Continue reading How to deal with difficult people

Conflict · Coping skills & self-soothing · Uncategorized

Difficult roommate: how to solve conflict without killing someone

It would be nice if we had a magic wand that calmed people down and solved conflict with a flurry of the stick, but things aren’t so easy.  Consider the following situation. You ask your new roommate to remove her belongings from your shelf in the bathroom.  You don't mean anything bad by it.  She’s… Continue reading Difficult roommate: how to solve conflict without killing someone

Aggression · Anger · Coping skills & self-soothing · Uncategorized

What do I do with all this anger?

"Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." -- Ambrose Bierce Maybe your anger is a little out of control?  Or maybe it's big-time explosive and desperately needs reigning in?  Or is it just that people around you are hinting you need anger management classes?  No matter… Continue reading What do I do with all this anger?