The 9 Diagnostic Criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder

There are nine (9) diagnostic criteria for getting a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) diagnosis which I will be outlining in today's blog post, however, I want to add a few disclaimers which I have outlined below. These symptoms come straight from the Diagnostic...

8-Week DBT Therapy At West 5th, Hamilton: REVIEW

Introduction I think after nine years of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) through multiple in/outpatient programs across the province (Ontario) I have earned the ability to review different programs. The most recent program I have embarked on is the intensive West...

DBT: Check the Facts

Introduction Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is the most effective treatment for people suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), even before medication. However, the entire DBT booklet and practices can be really tough to learn, hard to...

Is self-harm really about the attention?

Self-harm can be a really sensitive topic, especially when it comes to the argument about whether or not it's for attention. Some people might not agree with me, but I do believe that self-harm can sometimes be for attention, but not necessarily in a negative way. Let...

The Depressed Side of Borderline

A lot of the time I talk about the extreme mood swings, poor interpersonal skills, and impulse control issues when I talk about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), which are all valid but today I want to shed light on something that is a little less...

How to Date Someone with BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) manifests itself in several ways but one of the most prevalent ways is through interpersonal relationships. This is why Marsha Linehan, the creator of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) which is the main treatment for people...

How to Accommodate an Employee with BPD (I) What is it?

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? I’m diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and I recently had some trouble at work. I later sat down to think about why I was struggling, what I needed from my employer, and what I needed to work on myself. I ended up having a great...

How to Deal with Someone who has Paper Thin Emotional Skin

Reality vs. Misconceptions "Just for future reference" ... "You're an idiot"  "No thanks" ... "Why did you even ask?"  "I'm too tired to hang out tonight" ... "You mean nothing to me, you're boring, and I wish you weren't my friend"  "Please stop" ... "You're...

Connecting The Chakras and DBT Skills

A major skill for maintaining positive mental health is mindfulness. Mindfulness is emphasised in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Talk therapy, etc. I became a registered yoga teacher (RYT200E) about five years ago and I found...

15 Fast Facts about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

10% of people who have BPD die from complications of the illness People with BPD make up 40% of those admitted to psych hospitals 25%-50% of prison inmates have BPD 30% of people with BPD suffer from substance abuse 5. BPD is caused by both genetic and environmental...