Working for a living

The first time I realized the impact of my actions on other people, after I calmed down from a period of being basically hysterical, sitting in my bathtub crying for I don’t know how long, one thought went through my brain: “I need to work!!!” I immediately got a job stocking shelves at a groceryContinue reading “Working for a living”

The Effects of Trauma

For me, this was the effect of a very traumatic childhood and some events that happened when I was about twenty or twenty-one. Over the years, I have had a lot of therapy, and not a lot of it was that helpful-and the majority of that is on me. When you’re not even being honestContinue reading “The Effects of Trauma”

An Atrocious Mental Health System

“We have an atrocious mental health system,” someone once said to me, followed moments later by, “We’re going to require psychiatry of you.” My, you make it sound so attractive. 😉 Unfortunately, it’s a very true statement. Some areas are better than others. I feel badly for people living in Texas. The care given forContinue reading “An Atrocious Mental Health System”

Be Careful what you wish for…

I remember sitting across from a psychiatrist my mother used to work with in, of all places, a mental health clinic she worked in, and he looked at me and said, “Be careful what you wish for.” Bipolar disorder (and in junior high, ADHD, but I was never medicated) was one of the first thingsContinue reading “Be Careful what you wish for…”

Treatment

One of the things I am focusing on is what can be done for factitious disorders. This disorder is typically seen as not being amendable to treatment. Granted, the co-morbid personality disorders that usually accompany FD’s, some really are not. Of the three main ones seen in FD’s, they are Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), NarcissisticContinue reading “Treatment”

Stigma and self-harm

There is a huge stigma associated with mental illness. Of living with a diagnosis such as borderline personality disorder. There are a lot of misperceptions. We have riots and demonstrations when the “n-word” is used and rightfully so. The term is offensive to me and abusive to the recipient. It is the terminology of hate.Continue reading “Stigma and self-harm”

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