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How To Know When I’m Not Myself: An Open Letter

Dear friend, relative, significant other, or miscellaneous acquaintance, I am weird. Please allow me to elaborate. I have borderline personality disorder. Rather than bore you with the details of what that means in clinical terms (you can look up the symptoms online), I’d rather tell you about what those symptoms do to me specifically, so… Continue reading How To Know When I’m Not Myself: An Open Letter

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How To Be a Good Mental Patient, Part 1: Before You’re Medicated

(Note: I am not a medical doctor and cannot give professional advice. All of the following is my opinion, based on my experience as a patient.) Psychiatric doctors are fascinating people*. They, more than most, are able to understand human consciousness as a function of biology. They see right through the misconception that the mind… Continue reading How To Be a Good Mental Patient, Part 1: Before You’re Medicated

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“This Little Masochist”: The Irrational Rationale For Self-Harm

Trigger warning: Tasteful but detailed discussions of self-injury ahead. … “And this little masochist, she’s lifting up her dress... guess I thought I could never feel the things I feel.” - Tori Amos, “Hey Jupiter” ... In this article I define masochism, self-injury, and self-harm as the acts of hurting yourself on purpose with the… Continue reading “This Little Masochist”: The Irrational Rationale For Self-Harm