Thursday September 8, 2011
I write this post with a heavy heart. For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of being About.com's Guide to borderline personality disorder. I have met so many wonderful people through this site, and have enjoyed interacting with my readers and providing what I hope has been reliable, encouraging information about BPD. Recently, new personal and professional responsibilities have reduced the amount of time that I have been able to devote to the site, and it has become clear to me that it is time to leave and make way for a new guide to give their fresh perspective.
Thank you, my readers, for all of the support over the years. I have truly cherished the feedback I've gotten from you -- I feel honored that so many of you have shared your experiences with me.
I wish you all health and peace.
Wednesday August 10, 2011
Late last month, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall became the second major figure to disclose a borderline personality disorder diagnosis this summer. The disclosure came on the heels of Dr. Marsha Linehan's revelation in late June. But, does this mark a turning point in the fight against stigma?
Marshall does seem intent on educating the public about BPD. He told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper that he is trying to become an advocate for greater awareness and medical coverage for the disorder (Marshall recently completed a treatment program at McLean Hospital outside of Boston that cost upwards of $60,000).
What do you think? Does Marshall's disclosure change the "face of BPD?"
Sunday July 31, 2011
This is one of my favorite quotes by Pema Chodron -- "To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest."
What do I love about this quote? I think it speaks to the fact that life is inherently scary. It speaks to our very human desire to stay in a safe place, protected. And it speaks to our need to confront reality to be truly alive. In my work with patients, we often tackle these issues. People with BPD have every reason to seek security -- many have been deprived of security in their childhood, or, because of the nature of their symptoms, feel insecure even when they are in a safe place. But, by seeking security all the time, they can miss out on life's big opportunities; the chance to try something new, to fall in love, to pursue their goals.
Of course, this doesn't just apply to people with BPD. We all sometimes choose the comfort of security over the endless possibilities of living. Do you do this too often though? Are you limiting your life in favor of feeling protected?
Sunday July 24, 2011
There are several ways in which borderline personality disorder can alter the way you think. Some of the symptoms of BPD can alter the content of your thoughts (i.e., the way that you interpret the environment, other people's behavior, your own actions), while other symptoms can alter the process of thinking (as in dissociation).
Learn more about the impact of BPD on cognition or thinking in this article: "Borderline Personality and Problems in Thinking"