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On an upward spiral

On an upward spiral

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve sat down and wrote; partially because I’ve been spending every waking moment with my puppy, but also because I didn’t feel as though I had anything interesting or helpful to contribute. There’s a few things I want to share since I last wrote. I eliminated all forms of communication with my mother. I blocked her on all social media platforms, and I even blocked her number. I don’t have any siblings, and I…

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19 vines/short videos for when I’m too upset or depressed to function

19 vines/short videos for when I’m too upset or depressed to function

I was going to write about mindfulness, but I’ll save that for next week. I’ve had a great weekend, just hanging out with Tyler and our puppy. At this moment, I find myself upset, sad, and agitated for no apparent reason. I’ve mentioned that I love zoning out on vines or short videos when I’m upset. I’ll usually put on a 10 minute vine compilation. Vines aren’t for everyone, but they certainly fit my sense of humor. Here are 30…

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The Post-Appointment Dip

The Post-Appointment Dip

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! I don’t actually know anything about football, but I’m here for the chips and drinks. Wednesday was my first DBT session. DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a year-long treatment specifically designed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It focuses on learning how to change behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that are causing distress. Specific goals include decreasing emptiness, interpersonal stress, loneliness, and mood-dependent behavior. I’ll also be working on increasing mindfulness skills, emotion regulation skills, and distress…

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Live Tweets from the Psych Ward – tips on getting help

Live Tweets from the Psych Ward – tips on getting help

The first time I sought help was close to a year after I was sexually assaulted. I used my student health care to book an appointment at our university health center. When I was in college (I’m not sure if they have the same system set up now), if you didn’t say that you needed immediate help when you called to make the appointment, you were set up with a 15 minute intake appointment. The assault became the main point…

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Why did I start this blog?  In her documentary Simply Complicated, Demi Lovato says to “tell your truth, and be okay without all the answers”. I know, such a cheesy, girly comparison- but it really resonated with me! The last four months have marked some of the most difficult months of my life, and as Demi said, I feel compelled to tell my own truth. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that 1.6% of the US population is diagnosed…

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