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It’s May, and mental health awareness month has started. Every year I look forward to the social media programming: the people who share stories of recovery, those receiving support for their current struggles, and the community of providers on social media sharing amazing mental health content. …

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Introduction

In the psychiatric community, borderline personality disorder (BPD) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) tend to be spoken in the same breath. Diagnosed with BPD? Then you need to enter DBT treatment. …

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Since the beginning, humans have needed others — regardless of gender, ethnicity, or geographic location, we are social creatures. Quality relationships make us happier, healthier, and more productive. Social support buffers stress and fulfills an important psychological need to belong and feel accepted by others.

In an ideal, harmonious world…

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I talk to my brother about once a week. And I’ve realized that for the most part, every conversation is the same.

He’s not doing well. He hates being in pharmacy school. He hates his daily life and he hates studying. …

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A recent study concluded that ADHD on its own was not a significant cause of mood disorders or mood-related symptoms.

When the researchers controlled for functional problems and executive functioning, the correlation dropped from 48% down to only 15%. …

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My original diagnosis for autism was Asperger’s Syndrome. This was before the merger of the disorders, and the diagnosis occurred late in my life.

As adults, those of us who suffer from what used to be known as Asperger’s Syndrome have a hard time with friendships. This is also true…

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Let me start by describing a normal interaction with my partner, that we often had towards the start of our relationship.

He comes into the kitchen following a frustrating conversation with a family member. It was about the recent increase in flight costs, and his family’s need to have him…

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I made a joke once that I was rather proud of. I don’t remember it word for word, but an old coworker had been talking to me about life, depression, and careers, referring to each negative experience as “another step.”

I responded something like, “Yeah, and the last step is…

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My sister has just started Year 8 at school. With increasing demands from school and extra activities, she is now discovering anxiety.

It felt too fast to see her grow up in the blink of an eye. I can still vividly remember when she just started kindergarten. …

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Recovery sucks.

I hate knowing I’m always going to struggle with the same sickness that’s plagued me since childhood. …

Invisible Illness

We don't talk enough about mental health.

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