My Mother Has Borderline Personality Disorder

My Mother Has Borderline Personality Disorder

My mother has Borderline Personality Disorder. If you are unfamiliar with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), start here. For those of you with a relative, or even parent, with BPD, you know how exhausting this situation can be to endure. While many people have been formally diagnosed before they realize they have a personality disorder. My mother has never been formally diagnosed by an outside professional and has not received any form of treatment to address this diagnosis. I unofficially diagnosed her. [Read more]

Personality Disorder Myths

Personality Disorder Myths

Personality disorders are very intense, complex disorders that cause significant distress to those experiencing symptoms. And often times, it causes distress to those around them. A client with a personality disorder once described their experience to me. They described it like this: Imagine living your life, watching your actions like a TV screen. Like you couldn’t control what you’re doing and no one understands what you’re going through. No one believes you when you tell them you feel like you’re[Read more]

Personality Disorder Information

Big 3 Personality Disorders

Today I’m going to be reviewing general information on different types of Personality Disorders. I’ll be looking at the three most well-known personality disorders: Borderline Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder Antisocial Personality Disorder In order to be diagnosed with any personality disorder, you must meet criteria for both a general personality disorder, as well as the criteria for the specific personality disorder. General Personality Disorder Criteria Unlike other mental health disorders, personality disorders all have the same core criteria. There[Read more]

Psychotic Disorders: Facts & Stats

Exploring Psychotic Disorders

Today’s topic is psychotic disorders. Psychotic disorders are serious mental health disorders with abnormal thinking patterns and perceptions. And most notably, people that struggle with psychotic disorder lose touch with reality. We are going to specifically discuss Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder.   Before I get specific, here are several important definitions:   Definitions Hallucinations Hallucinations are when you experience something that is not there. There are 5 primary types of hallucinations: Visual: Seeing something that isn’t there. Auditory: Hearing something[Read more]

Anxiety Disorders and Mindfulness

Coping with Anxiety

Collectively, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses among adults in the U.S. They account for about 19% of the adult population. Today I’m going to be focusing specifically on Generalized Anxiety Disorder (abbreviated GAD). If you’ve never heard of GAD, here’s a brief rundown. To be diagnosed with GAD, you have to: be worried about things you know shouldn’t worry you as much as they do worry more days than not for 6+ months you can’t control it, or[Read more]

Mood Disorders: Facts & Stats

What are Mood Disorders?

Today we’ll be exploring the 3 most common types of mood disorders, outside of depression. Specifically, we’ll be looking at Bipolar Disorders and Cyclothymic Disorder. Bipolar Disorder Let’s talk about Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder, previously called manic-depressive disorder, is a mood disorder. It is one of the most commonly misrepresented disorders in the media and the general public. Bipolar Disorder a mood disorder characterized by two opposing types of mood symptoms; hence the name “bi-“ meaning ‘two,’ and “polar,” meaning[Read more]

Depression: Facts & Stats

Depression Facts & Stats

Today I want to share some information about depression with you. I’ll actually be discussing 2 disorders today: Major Depressive Disorder (abbreviated MDD), and Persistent Depressive Disorder (previously dysthymia). MDD Symptoms People typically think of depression as extreme sadness. While sadness is one symptom of depression, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of symptoms that often get overlooked, like: changes in appetite (eating everything or eating nothing) changes in sleep (sleeping a lot more or[Read more]

12 Common Mental Health Myths

12 Common Mental Health Myths

Mental health is often misrepresented by the media and stigmatized by the public. I frequently hear statements of disbelief from my clients and peers when I talk about how common mental health issues are in the United States. In my career, I’ve learned there are many mental health myths floating around that are commonly believed and often very, very rough. Today I’m doing to address the 12 most common mental health myths I hear. 1. Mental health doesn’t affect me,[Read more]

Mental Illness: The Invisible Illness

Mental Illness: The Invisible Illness

As a mental health professional, I feel its important to educate people on mental illness as a whole. It’s important for the the public to be aware of what mental illness is and what it is not. And most importantly, how to be supportive of those who struggle with mental illness. I thought a brief introduction would be helpful today before getting into specific disorders. Invisibility Mental illness (or disorders) are often referred to as an invisible illness. This is[Read more]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month

May in Mental Health Awareness Month. During the next month, I’m going to shift focus slightly to mental health. I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist and I work full-time in mental health. I primarily work with children and families and I’ve realized there is a lot of different and confusing information out there about mental health. Particularly, many people don’t fully understand many of the common mental health diagnoses, like depression and anxiety. During this month, I will be[Read more]