*Note: In this article, I write that psychiatric drugs have never worked well for me. However, I'm an unusual case: they do work for most people. In no way do I wish to condone that anyone stop taking pills that they have been prescribed, nor do I want to deter anyone from seeking relief from psychiatric drugs… Continue reading The Emotional Burn Victim
...to walk away from you.
(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
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
When I was 12, my worst fear was being normal. I was the token goth girl who dressed in nothing but purple and black every day, whether I was going to school, the grocery store, or a family dinner. I exasperated family members by dressing this way on literally every occasion. The goth style reflected the way… Continue reading Normal: Part One
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)
Previous blog post: Borderline Personality Disorder Is Evil (Except When It's Not) Self-Harm Is Not Shameful The admission I’m about to make is not easy for me. The topic of this article is extremely sensitive, and I have a tough time talking about it, even after all these years. This is the first time I’ve… Continue reading Self-Harm Is Not Shameful