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Buckley woman’s struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder

You’d think asking what Borderline Personality Disorder is would be a simple question, but it’s really not.

Buckley woman’s struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder
Published date: 09 June 2015 | Published by: Rhian Waller

YOU probably won’t have heard of a film called Welcome To Me.

That’s because the film, starring Kristen Wiig, of Bridesmaids fame, is currently only out on limited release and on video on demand services like Netflix, rather than hitting the cinemas in a big way.

At least one person in North Wales will be interested in the film.

It approaches a subject that hasn’t been broached very often before in cinema, the struggles faced by people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a condition that is little understood among the public.

Erin Brooks, 21, of Buckley, wants to see Welcome To Me, in which Wiig plays a woman with BPD who wins the lottery and uses the money to finance a channel dedicated to just one subject; herself.

That’s because Erin was diagnosed with BPD several years ago and she wants to finally see an accurate portrayal of the condition on screen.

She said: “There are films out there that people have assumed have to do with BPD, even if it’s not actually stated in the film.

“Movies like Single White Female is apparently about a BPD sufferer but it’s an awful film which just instills the stigma attached to BPD to the viewer who is wanting to know more about it.

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Being Mindful of Emotion to Validate Self and Others

Kelly Koerner, PhD – Dialectical Behavior Therapy: The State of the Art and Science – April 2-3 Seattle, WA


Can Sweden eliminate suicide?

Sweden has dramatically reduced traffic-accident deaths. Can it stop people from killing themselves?

Can Sweden eliminate suicide?
By Nathalie Rothschild
Source: The Atlantic

Road safety: It’s become one of Sweden’s most successful exports—right up there with flat-pack furniture and affordable fashion. Back in 1997, the Swedish parliament adopted a policy known as “Vision Zero,” premised on the idea that traffic deaths and serious car accidents are unacceptable and that the state should go to great lengths to help citizens avoid them. Today, the approach has been embraced everywhere from the European Union to New York City and San Jose. Just in recent weeks, Qatar hosted a vision-zero conference and Singapore unveiled a vision-zero campaign for the workplace.

There’s a logic behind this imitation. Sweden has engineered one of the world’s lowest traffic-related fatality rates thanks to educational campaigns, new vehicle technology, surveillance systems, and infrastructural innovations, including pedestrian bridges and bike-lane barriers. Fewer than three out of every 100,000 Swedes die in road accidents each year, compared with more than 11 in the United States. As The Economist noted about Sweden last year, “Although the number of cars in circulation and the number of miles driven have both doubled since 1970, the number of road deaths has fallen by four-fifths during the same period.”

But in Sweden, Vision Zero thinking—the idea of aiming for a society free from serious accidents and for systems “designed to protect us at every turn”—has also come to permeate spheres far beyond roads and traffic. This year alone, demands for similar initiatives have come from the Swedish Life Rescuers’ Association(whose members want a Vision Zero approach to drowning accidents), the National Association of Pensioners (a Vision Zero scheme to prevent falls among the elderly), and a coalition of construction workers’ associations and unions (a Vision Zero plan to eliminate construction-site accidents). Sweden’s minister for employment recently vowed to develop a Vision Zero program to eliminate fatal accidents at Swedish workplaces because “nobody should have to die on the job.” And in February, Ebba Busch Thor, the current leader of Sweden’s Christian Democrat Party, called for a Vision Zero approach to abortion.

The healthcare sector is not immune. In 2008, Sweden’s then center-right coalition government announced a Vision Zero approach to suicide prevention. “No one should have to end up in such a vulnerable situation where the only perceived way out is suicide,” the plan stated. “The government’s vision is that no one should have to take their own life.” The government summarized the national campaign in a nine-point program with broad strategies like reducing “alcohol consumption in the general population and in high-risk groups” and harnessing “medical, psychological, and psychosocial measures.” These strategies have had some concrete effects. For instance, the goal of “reducing access to means and methods for committing suicide” has altered Swedish cityscapes, leading to initiatives like mounting fences along bridges to discourage people from jumping off of them.

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Study shows trend of prescribing opioids to patients with a comorbidity of borderline personality disorder increased over time

The results also suggest that these borderline patients may be particularly sensitive to physical pain–mirroring their well-known heightened sensitivity to emotional pain.

Study shows trend of prescribing opioids to patients with a comorbidity of borderline personality disorder increased over time
January 23, 2014 | By Joe Wiegel – PCLS President

Patients with borderline personality disorder are being prescribed opioid pain medication at increasing rates according to a recent follow-up study by Drs. Frankenburg, Fitzmaurice and Zanarini.

The researchers attempted to determine the rate of use of prescription opioid medications by patients with borderline personality disorder and compare that to the rate reported by the control group during a 10-year follow-up. In addition, they attempted to determine the most clinically relevant predictors of prescription opioid use among borderline patients. They assessed the study participants at 6-year follow-up and 5 contiguous follow-up waves that were 2 years apart. All participants had a family history of psychiatric disorder assessment at the baseline as well as semi-structured interviews with proven psychometric properties including: the Medical History and Services Utilization Interview, the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R Axis I Disorders, and the Revised Family History Questionnaire.


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Online Education Improves Borderline Personality Symptoms

Psychiatrists may lean toward a diagnosis they think is more treatable and has a better prognosis, such as bipolar disorder, or one that they consider less “pejorative,” such as post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression.

Online Education Improves Borderline Personality Symptoms
Pauline Anderson
June 02, 2015

Contrary to popular belief, informing patients that they have borderline personality disorder (BPD) does not have negative consequences.

In fact, new research suggests that educating patients about this diagnosis leads to an improvement of symptoms and to better psychosocial outcomes.

Mary C. Zanarini, EdD, Maclean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts, discussed the benefits of an Internet-based psychoeducational intervention for BPD here at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2015 Annual Meeting.

A common psychiatric disorder, BPD is marked by symptoms in four areas: feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and interpersonal patterns. Several forms of therapy have been found to be effective in treating BPD.

However, health professionals are reluctant to diagnose patients with BPD, which often leaves these patients thinking that they are “bad” people or the only ones suffering their debilitating symptoms, according to Dr Zanarini.

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8 things you can do to emotionally validate someone

Here are some things you can do and say to emotionally validate someone.

Emotional validation is a great tool for interacting with an emotionally sensitive person like someone with BPD.

  1. Listen and be present. Listen and don’t speak right away. When someone is emotional, they want to be heard.
  2. Don’t fix their problem or give advice. They want to be heard, not advised.
  3. Reflect their emotions back accurately. After reading their emotions, reflect them back to the person to verify that you know how they feel.
  4. Focus on the emotions. If they weren’t experiencing strong emotions, they will not be acting the way they are. Don’t get caught up in the practical content. Focus on the emotional context.
  5. Normalize. Relate the feelings to normal people. “I think anyone would be angry if that happened to them.”
  6. Don’t judge. The person will be hurt more if you judge them for feeling the way they do.
  7. Don’t “one up” the person. Don’t say “You think that is bad? What happened to me is worse.” Focus on the current feelings they have, not yours.
  8. Be authentic. Reflect to yourself how you felt when you were angry, sad or anxious.

If you need more direction, you can use the I-AM-MAD communication skill.