New Books on BPD!

There are a few new books out about living with BPD that offer hope and support. Make sure to check these out! Stronger Than BPD: The Girl’s Guide to Taking Control of Intense Emotions, Drama, and Chaos Using DBT: In this unique guide, influential BPD advocate and blogger Debbie Corso offers an easy-to-use primer on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as powerful peer-to-peer support for managing your worst BPD symptoms. “If you have BPD, you may experience extreme emotional ups and downs. These intense feelings can make navigating everyday life that much more difficult, and as a result, you may have trouble maintaining relationships, seeing yourself clearly, or reaching career goals. You should know that you are not alone, and that BPD isn’t your fault. Most importantly, you need to know that you are strong. With the right tools, you can overcome the symptoms of your BPD—this book will show you how.” Beyond Borderline: True Stories of Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder: In Beyond Borderline, two internationally acclaimed experts on BPD—including Perry Hoffman, cofounder and president of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD)—team up to present a rare glimpse into the lives and recovery of people affected by BPD. This powerful compilation of stories reveals the deeply personal, firsthand perspectives of people who suffer with BPD, explores the numerous ways in which this disorder has affected their lives, and outlines the most debilitating and misunderstood symptoms of BPD (the most tragic being...

BPD Family Support Group

Starting in February, the BPD Family Support Group will begin meeting on the first Tuesday of every month. The first support group meeting of 2017 is February 7. The meetings will continue to be located at The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, 1002 E Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33605 from 6-8 p.m. Please contact Jacki Krone at jackikrone@gmail.com or Pam Hernandez at pamh1224@gmail.com   BPD Family Support Group Who: If you have someone close to you, a family member, friend, or loved one- suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder and you would like to be a part of a group that offers encouragement and support, please join the support group When: First Tuesday of the month beginning Feb 7 at 6 p.m. Where: The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Click here for a flyer:...

A Skillful Holiday Season

A Skillful Holiday Season For many, the holiday season is a joyous and festive time.  For others, the season brings feelings of sadness, anxiety and depression.  When you are already suffering from every day stresses, the season’s activities – gift shopping, upcoming dinner parties, decorating and family get-togethers can leave you feeling overwhelmed.  If you are feeling alone, or are going through some of life’s difficult events such as an illness (yourself or a loved one), the loss of a loved one, divorce or financial issues, the holiday season can become extremely challenging.  Here are some tips: #1  Keep up your normal routines. Make a “to do” list of additional things to be done in order of priority. #2  Be realistic, manage your expectations.  If we have an unrealistic version of what the holiday looks like, we may be very disappointed or let down if it doesn’t live up to those expectations. #3  Make healthy decisions.   Get plenty of rest and drink lots of water.  You will be better equipped to deal with additional stress if you keep yourself healthy and fatigue free.  Think moderation, it’s very easy to overindulge in food and alcohol with parties and get-togethers.  The results can lead to guilt when the festivities are over. #4  Say no when you need to.  Remember this is your holiday too and it’s okay to decline invitations or say no when you are asked to do more than you can. #5  Be mindful.  Be aware of extra tasks you’re asked to take on so you don’t become overloaded.  Don’t make quick or rash decisions and be aware of purchases you are making. Being mindful will...

Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction: What’s the Connection?

The following article was written by Adam Cook from addiction hub.org. It does not reflect the opinion of FBPDA Board Members. Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction: What’s the Connection? Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a disorder that causes extreme mood swings, a distorted sense of self, impulsive behavior, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and anger problems among other symptoms. The levels of severity have a wide range from person to person, but the illness has a profound effect on the sufferer regardless. Addiction is an unfortunate effect of BPD for a number of reasons and can be extremely detrimental to the health of the individual. If someone you know has BPD, this overview of the risks of addiction and the effects it can bring will be helpful in supporting them and knowing possible warning signs to watch out for. Why Do BPD Sufferers Become Addicts? Like many mental illnesses, BPD has a tendency to go untreated thanks to a continued stigma against mental health. People with mental illnesses who receive inadequate treatment or no treatment at all become more likely to self-medicate.  Self-medication is an attempt by an ill person to use addictive substances to control their symptoms and very often leads to addiction. For those with BPD, the symptoms of anger, confusion, and turmoil can be too much to bear. Self-medicating with drugs or alcohol may seem like an escape to reduce the intensity of these emotions. Before they know it, they are not only suffering from BPD, but they are also dependent on a substance to feel “normal.” What Effects Will Addiction Have on BPD? Though substance abuse may seem...