• Borderline Personality Disorder,  Odds and Ends

    Story of an Artist with BPD

    Faith in objects Crushed by borderline personality disorder, a local man finds salvation in art By Amy Yannello Mark Williams—no relation to the local radio talk-show host of the same name—may be the most talented artist you’ve never heard of. From the biodome-like steel structure in his backyard, to the 4-by-6 mixed-wood xylophone he crafted from scratch, to the two working looms he built and uses in his back bedroom, Williams is one of those artists for whom it seems there is nothing his mind can conceive that he cannot create. His modest home in north Sacramento is filled with his various art projects, such as meticulously crafted moving carrousels,…

  • Odds and Ends,  Suicide

    Minnesota Nurse Investigated for Allegedly Encouraging Suicide

    Here is a story I stumbled across about a nurse allegedly encouraging people to commit suicide on the Internet. Minnesota Nurse Investigated for Allegedly Encouraging Suicide Police Say William Melchert-Dinkel May Have Had Suicide Fetish By SARAH NETTER Oct. 16, 2009— A Minnesota nurse whose license was revoked by the state is under investigation for allegedly encouraging the suicides of people he met on the Internet. William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, has not yet been charged, but the case has drawn the attention of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and several Minnesota law enforcement agencies after as many as five people attempted suicide or successfully completed the act. Melchert-Dinkel’s license was revoked by…

  • Odds and Ends

    Sin, Zen and the Art of Emotional Skills

    When I was a child, I went to a fairly fundamentalist church. We had this Christian tract that showed man on one side and God on the other, with “clouds of sin” in between, obscuring man’s view of God. Repentance and faith in Jesus would “clear the air.” There was another one, with which you are probably familiar if you’ve ever been exposed to these things, where man is on one side and God is on the other and there is a big gulf of sin in between. The cross ends up being the bridge that allows man over the gulf.   Now that I am a grownup I lean…

  • Odds and Ends

    The Multi-Level Marketer and Non-Borderline Support

    I have been running a new pay-per-click campaign on Google, so I tried to type in some phrases that would generate one of my ads. When I typed in “borderline personality disorder,” I got the usual suspects: Tami Green, McLean Hospital, Amanda Smith’s Organization (Florida Association for BPD), BPD Family… and I got one other ad that intrigued me. It was entitled “Surviving With Borderline” and it linked to a site www.toborderlinepersonlitydisorder.com. I clicked on the ad and was presented with one of those marketing sites that promise to provide you with “The 10 secrets you MUST know about Borderline Personality Disorder.” The site is starts out: Dear Friend, If…

  • Borderline Personality Disorder,  Odds and Ends,  WHINE Book

    Why buy “When Hope is Not Enough”?

    Why would you buy my book – over other more popular books like “Stop Walking on Eggshells” and Randi’s new book? The reason is that my book can have a bigger impact on your life than can the others. Why? Because my book focuses on a different aspect of BPD than does these other books. Sure, you could read “One Way Ticket to Kansas” or “Tears and Healing” but ultimately I ask you – what do you wish to do in your relationship? If you want to work it out, read my book. If you want to get divorced, read all those others. Read “Stop Walking on Eggshells” or “Tears…

  • Blame,  Borderline Personality Disorder,  Odds and Ends

    When Toxicity and Misinformation Know No Bounds

    Boy, it’s amazing how much bad information travels around the Internet at the speed of light. People are so misinformed about BPD it’s scary. Yesterday, I stumbled across the “Yahoo Answers” site for a question in which a woman asked if she could “help her partner with Borderline Personality Disorder?” There were 10 “answers” to this question. Here are some excerpts from each, which the misinformation pointed out: “So, you sacrificed your children to a crazy person?? What is wrong with you?? Is there a clinical term for “glutton for punishment”?” Dissolve this toxic relationship immediately! Judgmental. Non-BPs don’t need another person telling them to leave their partner; there are…