book cover: The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, and Jeffrey Brantley
Book Reviews

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 treating borderline personality disorder, but its usefulness isn't limited to people with BPD.  DBT is very skills-based, and… Continue reading Book Review: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

The role of medications in borderline personality disorder
Mental Illness Treatment

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?

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Tigerchelle

This post is by Tigerchelle of Borderline and Beyond. THE WORST AND MOST PAINFUL BPD TRIGGER! One of the things that all those suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) deal with a variety of times throughout their life is just how insanely tough it is dealing with this element in relationships, and this can happen with friendships/family/romantic… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tigerchelle

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger Series: Tina

This week, we have Tina from Really Real Blog, writing on the value of DBT skills. The most life changing program for my mental health has been my DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Skills Classes.  DBT is a method created by Marsha M. Linehan, originally to treat Borderline Personality Disorder, however, now it is used to… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Tina

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Emotional 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… Emotional Invalidation

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

Borderline Personality Disorder and Health Care Stigma

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. Skills in working with BPD One of my jobs is at a mental health and addictions transitional program.  While some of the staff are licensed mental health… Continue reading Borderline Personality Disorder and Health Care Stigma