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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…


A Brief Recap

I previously wrote about the most common co-occurring conditions with ADHD, which are anxiety, depression, bipolar, addictions, and borderline personality (BPD).

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent groups of comorbidities in people with ADHD, most commonly social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Depression and Bipolar disorder (BD)…


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At some point in life, we’ve all reaped the benefits of milking an illness. Maybe it facilitated skipping school or work, being coddled, avoiding jury duty or just reveling in hibernation. There are some folks, however, who go above and beyond occasionally attaining advantages from being infirm. They are invested…


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After the barium swallow test, my general physician said there was nothing more they could do. Nothing was physically wrong with me. They couldn’t explain why I was doubled over in pain most days or why I couldn’t safely be far from a toilet. It must be psychosomatic. …


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“To feel attached is to feel safe and secure. By contrast, an insecurely attached person may have a mixture of feelings towards their attachment figure: intense love and dependency, fear of rejection, irritability and vigilance.” — John Bowlby

Everyone has their own unique attachment style. Statistics suggest that the majority…


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I’m very glad that society has become far more accepting of mental illnesses and that we are finally coming to understand that there are many situations that can cause trauma. …


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Sitting around the dinner table at our weekly family spaghetti night recently, I stumbled into a fascinating discussion with my siblings about self-sabotage.

Both of them are successful go-getters who make positive things happen in their lives. Both of them “have their shit together.” What I didn’t know was that…


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Modafinil, the “nonstimulant stimulant” has been around for over thirty years, with demonstrated efficacy for promoting wakefulness in a broad range of situations. It can effectively treat ADHD and shows benefits for depression and other conditions.

Yet in the US, doctors prescribe stimulant medications, which cause substantially more serious side…

Invisible Illness

We don't talk enough about mental health.

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