Book reviews, Mental health

Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley is a self-help workbook that covers the major skills involved in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is considered the gold standard for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, but its usefulness is not limited to people with BPD.  DBT is… Continue reading Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

Mental health

Do Medications Help Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a hard to treat condition that can cause significant distress for those living with it.  While the gold standard for treatment is psychotherapy, specifically dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), medications may also play a supporting role, and that's what this post will focus on. Antidepressants Antidepressants, particularly SSRIs, are some of… Continue reading Do Medications Help Borderline Personality Disorder?

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Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Tigerchelle

The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community. This post is by Tigerchelle of… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tigerchelle

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Emerging blogger series, Mental health

Emerging Blogger Series: Tina

The emerging blogger series is a way to give mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some new bloggers you may not have discovered yet. This week, we have Tina… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tina

What Is Series... Insights Into Psychology on Mental Health @ Home
Mental health, What is... psychology series

What Is… Invalidation

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is invalidation. According to Psychology Today, validation involves conveying acceptance, and recognizing that the person's thoughts/feelings/reactions are understandable.  It also serves to communicate that the relationship is important.  It doesn't necessarily mean agreeing or approving, something I think… Continue reading What Is… Invalidation

Borderline personality disorder: The harmful effects of health professional stigma
Mental health

Borderline Personality Disorder: Are the Helpers Hurting?

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) face a lot of challenges.  Unhelpful treatment providers shouldn't be among those challenges, but I suspect that all too often, they are. Learning to work with borderline personality disorder One of my jobs is at a mental health and addictions transitional program.  While some of the staff are licensed… Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder: Are the Helpers Hurting?