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The Origins of Mental Illness

(with special thanks to Dr. Jens Foell for edits and suggestions) (image of positron emission tomography [PET] scans borrowed from the Mayo Clinic) As a person with borderline personality disorder, I have often received the question, “When did you develop BPD?” As it turns out, the answer is not as straightforward as it may seem.… Continue reading The Origins of Mental Illness

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Normal: Part Two

In my last post, "Normal: Part One", I described my teenage lifestyle as a stubborn, gothic young woman with undiagnosed borderline personality disorder and, unsurprisingly, deep depression and anger problems. I explained my seething hatred for anything that could be considered "normal", because my emotional experience of the world was so diseased and unusual that… Continue reading Normal: Part Two

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Thanksgiving Is Better Than Christmas (And I Can Prove It)

The other day - it was October 28th - I went to a hardware store, fully expecting to take advantage of the wide array of spooky stuff that goes on sale a few days before Halloween. I strolled into the building with a big grin on my face, ready to spend more money than I… Continue reading Thanksgiving Is Better Than Christmas (And I Can Prove It)