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Self-Soothing During Difficult Times

This post originally featured on PsychCentral. The ups and downs of bipolar disorder provide ripe ingredients for a crisis. During mania we may feel phenomenal and deny that a serious situation is occurring, but our behavior speaks differently. In depression or anxiety, we may feel a crisis acutely. It may come in

What Is It Like to Date When You Have Borderline Personality Disorder?

This post originally featured on Vice. For those dealing with BPD, the trust and patience required by relationships can be a complicated issue. Most people first encounter borderline personality disorder (BPD) on screen: It's the condition behind Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction. It's what Winona Ryder's character was diagnosed with in

Art Therapy as an Intervention for Psychosis

This post originally featured on the Psychiatry Advisor Expressive therapies are "complex interventions that combine psychotherapeutic techniques with activities aimed at promoting creative expression."1 The 2014 guidelines of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the Treatment of Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Adults recommend these modalities — including art

DBT Evidence Based Treatment for BPD!

This article was written by Peter King - Specialist therapist & educator in DBT, Somatic Trauma Therapy & Mindfulness. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, also known as DBT, is often seen as an option for GPs and mental health professionals seeking referral options for individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Managing Chronic Pain

This article originally appeared on Clinical Pain Advisor. SAN ANTONIO — Still a recent form of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) combines dialectics and mindfulness meditation for therapeutic purposes.1 The goal with this method is to help patients “gain insight and skills to manage their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.” A

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