Hone Your Self-Care Skills in Quarantine

Throughout the past week as more and more cities, states, and districts have begun to enforce shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19, I have seen something harmful unfold. Many people are out of a job and being forced to stay at home, while numerous influencers across all social media platforms have created videos and articlesContinue reading “Hone Your Self-Care Skills in Quarantine”

The Underdiagnosed (and Misunderstood) Type of Borderline Personality Disorder

                Borderline Personality Disorder is a frequently overgeneralized condition.  Stereotypically, individuals with BPD are seen as impulsive and moody with outbursts of anger; however, while impulsivity and intense emotions are possible symptoms of BPD, they are not applicable to all.  There are 256 possible representations of BPD, and stereotyping individuals with the disorder marginalizes thoseContinue reading “The Underdiagnosed (and Misunderstood) Type of Borderline Personality Disorder”

The Use of Counted Cross Stitch in Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Art therapy was established in 1942 by Adrian Hill, who found painting and drawing soothing while healing from tuberculosis (Team, 2016). Since then, art therapy has grown as a profession and has been utilized in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, cancer, eating disorders, and numerous other conditions. Art therapy is no longer limited toContinue reading “The Use of Counted Cross Stitch in Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)”

On the Outside – A Poem About Borderline Personality Disorder

On the Outside A Poem About What It Feels Like to Have Borderline Personality Disorder By Ashley Nestler, MSW On the OutsideI am SereneI’m Put TogetherI Can’t Be Seen On the OutsideThey Say I’m CalmI Can Do AnythingNothing Can Be Wrong On the OutsideThey Cannot SeeMy Scars and TearsThat Lurk Inside of Me On theContinue reading “On the Outside – A Poem About Borderline Personality Disorder”

The Most Important Thing Someone Told Me in My Addiction Recovery

How many times have you beat yourself up over something that happened in the past or behaviors that you previously had? How many times have you wished that you did something different, or that you could go back and change those circumstances? I have a history of constantly beating myself up over mistakes that IContinue reading “The Most Important Thing Someone Told Me in My Addiction Recovery”

5 Truths About Trauma You Need to Know

Trauma. How many times have you heard or been told what trauma is, or what counts as trauma and what doesn’t? Everyone has their own perspective of trauma based on what they know, think they know, or what they have experienced; however, trauma affects each person differently. The following are five truths about trauma thatContinue reading “5 Truths About Trauma You Need to Know”

Stigma and Mental Health

The word “stigma” has been used in the mental health world to acknowledge the prejudice that surrounds mental illness; however, many individuals and professionals find the word offensive or unprofessional. As a social worker with a history of Major Depressive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bulimia, Complex PTSD, and substance abuse, I choose to use theContinue reading “Stigma and Mental Health”

The Danger of Misdiagnosing Discouraged Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is often categorized – in short – as a mental illness where the survivor exhibits explosive anger, impulsive behaviors, and unstable relationships – with romantic partners, as well as friends and family. Due to the destructive nature of these symptoms, BPD has almost become a bad word in the mental healthContinue reading “The Danger of Misdiagnosing Discouraged Borderline Personality Disorder”

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