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A story of resilience, overcoming trauma and hope by Bernadette Erb

Silver Linings

Bernadette Erb remembers vividly the first time she was abused. She was 2 1/2 years old; she didn’t understand why. Later, she was sexually abused on three occasions but for fear of recrimination, she stayed silent. These scars of abuse followed her as she struggled to live her life. As she grew older, she found her courage and at the …

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder? How To Deal With It?

Thousands of years of human existence have gone by, but still, the most mysterious thing in the world is the human mind. It can create wonders yet can be very dangerous. The mind is capable of creating such serious illness that it affects a human for the rest of their lives. One such illness is called borderline personality disorder. It …

Borderline Personality Disorder

Also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder A personality disorder is a distorted way of thinking. The exact cause is still not known but from my experience and research with people who have Borderline Personality Disorder – all of them have experienced abusive childhoods in some way. The severity of the personality differs according to each person’s attitude (and possible …

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How Can You Divorce Someone With Borderline Personality Disorder?

Divorce is challenging for nearly any couple. However, divorcing someone who has borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be even more difficult. BPD is a mental illness characterized by a consistent pattern of ever-changing moods and behaviors. An individual with BPD will also change their self image unexpectedly. Between 1.6 and 5.4 percent of people in the U.S. have BPD. Individuals …

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Borderline Personality Disorder and DBT

  Maddi Crease describes DBT and explains how it has helped her more than other therapies. As a young woman who’s been in the mental health system for over six years, including inpatient admissions, I’ve had my fair share of therapy. From talking about the past and present, to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to the therapy that has probably contributed the …

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What is Dialectical Behavioural Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) was designed primarly for people with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorderand focuses on helping someone tolerate the uncomfortable feeling of distress. It also helps a person to learn ways to balance their emotions and not feel so overwhelmed by strong emotions. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy is a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and also focuses on helping someone …

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Weighted blankets for anxiety

By providing deep pressure touch, weighted blankets can promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. The feeling of being ‘hugged’ may trigger the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which are feel-good hormones produced in the brain. These hormones help combat stress, anxiety, and depression. For many people who have disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, or autism, weighted blankets may provide a safe alternative to medication …

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Love-Hate Relationships

Love-Hate Relationships They say there’s a thin line between love and hate but what do you do when your life is defined by the ups and downs of a love-hate relationship? For one thing, it can be emotionally and mentally exhausting. Periods of stability become few and far between and you can end up feeling as you live on an …

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Personality Disorders

Personality disorders relate to the way a person THINKS. Their thinking patterns tend to be distorted on some level, according to the type of personality disorder they possess and these ways of thinking are habitual and difficult to change. Signs that someone has a personality disorder could be erratic behaviour and rigid thinking. Behaviour can be destructive with the individual …