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Amber Portwood: Why I Changed My Mind About Having Another Baby

Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder meant she had to be on medication that could harm a fetus.

Amber Portwood: Why I Changed My Mind About Having Another Baby

By Sophie Dweck and Carly Sloane November 8, 2017

A baby wasn’t supposed to be in Amber Portwood’s picture. Nine years after welcoming Leah at age 18, the star of MTV’s Teen Mom OG (season 7 premieres November 27, 9 p.m.) knew she couldn’t get pregnant. Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder meant she had to be on medication that could harm a fetus.

But after calling off her wedding with Matt Baier and embarking on a new romance with Andrew Glennon four months ago, the Indiana native decided to ditch the pills. “I wanted to see if I was just unhappy because of the things that were going on in my life,” she explains in the new issue of Us Weekly. “I needed to see where I was in my head and it’s a beautiful thing because I just feel better. I feel happier and not so depressed.”

The star reveals that she decided to wean off the meds when she and Baier ended things. “It was rough, but it was a necessary thing to do,” she says. “I needed to see where I was in my head and it’s a beautiful thing because I just feel better.”

Why Amber Portwood Wanted to Have Another Baby

After hurricane, signs of a mental-health crisis haunt Puerto Rico

She has not been able to get any more information about her prognosis because her doctor’s offices have been closed.

After hurricane, signs of a mental-health crisis haunt Puerto Rico

Originally published November 13, 2017 at 2:41 pm Updated November 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Before the storm, Laura Rodriguez, 39, managed her borderline personality disorder without medication by relying on a strict routine: Early morning CrossFit workouts, long hours at work as an interior designer, going to bed early and never having guests at her home in Río Piedras.

But since Maria hit, her gym had been closed and her therapist had not been working. Neither had she.

“I’m constantly anxious,” she said. “I get these urges to be violent and I can’t control it.”

Memories of the storm were also tormenting her. She had been trapped inside her apartment for two days with her boyfriend, her mother and her mother’s cat. They used plastic tarps, towels, bedsheets and pieces of wood to try to plug the windows where rain water was surging through.

Without access to any of the balms that she typically relied on to stabilize her mood, she was worried about resorting to self-harm, an impulse that she had struggled to control since she was 8 years old. “What if it’s like three months, four months?” she said. “I cannot do this for so long.”

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Borderline Personality Disorder: Not Just an Adult Condition

Many start engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as substance abuse or self-harm, to help deal with the emptiness. The picture of BPD begins to emerge.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Not Just an Adult Condition

Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW
November 20, 2017

To shed light on this ongoing controversy and its therapeutic implications, Psychiatry Advisor interviewed Carla Sharp, PhD, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston, Texas. Dr Sharp is the co-editor of the Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents2 and the co-founder of the Global Alliance for Early Prevention and Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (GAP) Initiative.

Psychiatry Advisor: What is the controversy surrounding the diagnosis of BPD in adolescents?

Dr Sharp: Ever since the first descriptions of BPD and specification of its diagnostic criteria in the DSM [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders], there was no restriction placed on diagnosing it in adolescents. Nevertheless, in our training programs, we were taught that one does not make a personality disorder diagnosis before age 18 years, even though the DSM allows for it.

One of the major arguments raised against diagnosis prior to age 18 is that, since the personality is still forming and identity is still being consolidated, a personality disorder cannot be accurately diagnosed.

A strong research base2 has been mounting, especially in the past 10 years, supporting the concept of a diagnosis of BPD in teens. It has been found that personality traits are as stable in children and adolescents as they are in adults. In other words, we have overestimated the stability of personality traits in adults. We used to see them as fixed and stable and postulated that they would be less stable in children and adolescents. But in reality, this is not the case. Traits wax and wane in both age groups.

Psychiatry Advisor: Adolescence is often a time of angst, stormy emotions, moodiness, and confusion. How do BPD traits differ from those of normal adolescence?

Dr Sharp: The first clue that a teenager may not be experiencing “normal” adolescent angst is that these traits likely began before adolescence and even in childhood. Children come into the world with a given temperament, and in the case of these children, they are unusually sensitive. I compare this type of child to a burn victim. When you touch the skin of a burn victim, he or she experiences pain that is far greater than the pain that might be experienced by an ordinary person from the same type of touch.

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SNL’s Pete Davidson says he’s been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder

The 23-year-old comedian said the diagnosis came after a stint in rehab and several instances of unexplained breakdowns that he initially attributed to his marijuana habit.

SNL’s Pete Davidson says he’s been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder

By RACHEL DESANTISNew York Daily News
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017

NEW YORK —Saturday Night Live’s “Resident Young Person” Pete Davidson revealed Monday he’s been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

The 23-year-old comedian explained his long-awaited diagnosis came after a stint in rehab and several instances of unexplained breakdowns that he initially attributed to his marijuana habit.

“I’ve been a pothead forever and I started in October, or September of last year, having these mental breakdowns where I would freak out like, rage, and not remember what happened after. Blind rage,” he told Marc Maron on the star’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron.

Davidson decided to enter rehab to kick his drug habit, which he has previously said eased the symptoms of his Crohn’s disease.

Once in rehab, the doctors began to suspect that it was more than just the drugs causing his breakdowns, and prescribed him medicine to help treat what they thought could be bipolar disorder.

“I got out and then I started smoking weed again, and I’m on meds,” he said. “So I was feeling a little better, so two months go by and I just snapped. I was smoking weed every day, I just snapped and had a really bad mental breakdown. So I freaked out and I was like, it has to be the weed.”

Davidson cut out the pot and announced his sobriety, even filling in the folk at Saturday Night Live in a move that he called “very embarrass(ing).”

But after staying sober for nearly four months, he saw no change in his troubling behavior.

“I still felt the same, I still felt like something was f —up and something was wrong, and I found out I have BPD, which is borderline personality disorder,” he told Maron, explaining that one of his psychiatrists finally delivered the official diagnosis.

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Problem with ATSTP List

The ATSTP email support list experienced a problem last week. It is run on a Google List. Either someone marked it as sending SPAM or Google got aggressive on marking Groups as SPAM. For 2 days the list was marked as sending SPAM and new users were not allowed to join the list. I asked Google to review this designation, which they did, and as a result of this review was the lifting of the SPAM designation. There was no evidence of SPAM in this list. Problem solved (for now).

If you’re on the list and want to get off or want the emails to stop, you can manage your list membership at Google.

Thanks,

Bon

OBAMACARE’S DEMISE IS A LOOMING DISASTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH

A recent CDC report shows that the percentage of adults with serious psychological distress who are uninsured has dropped from 28.1 percent in 2012 to 19.5 percent in the first nine months of 2015.

OBAMACARE’S DEMISE IS A LOOMING DISASTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH

AUTHOR: ISSIE LAPOWSKY

Look at a map of states president-elect Donald Trump won in November alongside a map of states with the highest rates of opioid prescriptions, and you’ll see they mostly overlap. Look more closely at the data, as one Penn State professor recently did, and you’ll find that Trump outperformed his Republican predecessor Mitt Romney the most in counties where opiate and suicide mortality rates are highest.

It’s little wonder, then, that mental health and substance abuse issues have become a key talking point for Trump, who has promised to crack down on drug cartels and called America’s mass shootings an issue of mental health—not guns.

He’s not the only Republican to adopt behavioral health as a priority. House Speaker Paul Ryan pushed for mental health legislation in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky is a leader in opioid deaths, recently penned an op-ed titled “More Must Be Done on Heroin – soon.” And the Republican-authored 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law in December, will set aside $1 billion over two years to fight opioid abuse.

And yet, late last week, Senate and House Republicans set in motion the first steps of a plan that researchers warn could cut mental health and substance abuse treatment off at the knees: the repeal of Obamacare.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in the mental health community who thinks withdrawing the Affordable Care Act would be good for behavioral health,” says Sherry Glied, dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, who advised the George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations on health policy. “It’s hard to even conceive of how that would be true.”

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