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Month: May 2016

Abandonment and Borderline Personality Disorder

abandonment and borderline personality disorder “And I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more…”  ― Franz Kafka, “The Castle” /// You are a ghost to me. You appear and disappear at whim. You float silkily in and out through the walls, haunting me, taunting me, with promises unkept and needs unmet. You are my skeleton, the very core beneath my flesh, literally holding me up from within. These bones feel old, fragile, easily broken. And I absolutely must not break this skeleton. Sometimes that’s...

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Mental Health Awareness – What Does it Really Mean to be Aware?

At the end of this mental health Awareness Month, ask yourself, do you really know what it means to be aware of  your mental health? As someone who, by profession, promotes mental health, this month is especially meaningful to me. Mental health is an essential part of all of our lives, as we are at our peak when we are in peak mental health. When the term “mental health” is discussed, often the concept that comes to mind is “mental illness”, and it confuses things when the terms are used interchangeably. Mental health and mental illness are clearly strongly related, but...

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A Step in the Right Direction

Rebecca Lombardo Author of “It’s Not Your Journey” A Step in the Right Direction I was 19 years old when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  From that point forward, life was a struggle.  My moods were up, down, and back up again.  I never knew what to expect.  In my late 20’s, I decided that I wanted to take my life.  In the end, I just couldn’t do it. However, I did succeed in teaching myself how to use self-injury as a coping mechanism. After being committed on two separate occasions and losing every job I ever had, I...

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All The Answers

Conventional wisdom tells us that the smartest people have all the answers. From game shows like Jeopardy to documentary makers like Neal DeGrasse Tyson, bona fide smart people often have careers that allow them to profit from having all the answers. Martha Stewart, while not an academician, made a career out of having the answers to all of our questions, even before we had them, in some cases. Certainly not to disparage the people just mentioned who might not even define themselves as having all the right answers, but let me make a bold statement here: The smartest people...

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Causes of Bipolar Disorder

There are no single definitive causes of bipolar disorder, but research has shown that a complex mix of social, physical and environmental factors can play a part in a person developing the condition. These can be broken down into areas such as genetics, chemical or biological factors and difficult life experiences. There are also certain risk factors which have been identified which can increase the likelihood of Bipolar. Research into medications to treat and manage Bipolar Disorder has shown that altering the levels of some of the brain’s chemical neurotransmitters can improve symptoms, which has led to the belief...

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