Surviving the Holidays…Skillfully

Surviving the Holidays…Skillfully

It seems we’ve blinked and it’s that time of year again… the holidays.  Peace on earth, goodwill to men, joy to the world and all that stuff?  For many of us, it can quickly become stress on earth and ill will to men.  No matter what you are celebrating, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc., this time of year can become extremely challenging.  Before the festivities can even begin, we find ourselves experiencing the added stress of financial pressure, family tensions, and our own self-inflicted high expectations.  All of this and then we expect to be able to make ambitious New Year’s resolutions? So, how do we manage to find peace on earth, or more importantly, internal peace, while living up to the ideals we have in our head about how it should all play out? It seems almost impossible. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be.  Some experts recommend saying “no” when you feel overwhelmed or practicing meditation to relieve stress.  These are both great tools and can be incorporated into your holiday routine.  Listed below are some other suggestions to help you find peace and joy this season:  Make a “To Do” list and put everything you feel you need, or want to get done, on the list in order of priority. Lower your expectations – Review the list you’ve made and cross off anything you feel is unrealistic or can be left undone.  Review your list daily and repeat.  Disappointments can be avoided by managing your expectations.  One of the biggest ways to increase your joy is to decrease what you require of yourself. Make healthy decisions...

What the heck is DBT?

Are you emotionally sensitive and looking for a way to cope with your strong emotions? Have you ever heard of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy? DBT is a treatment that incorporates mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation skills. The video below, What the Heck is DBT?,  is a creative and informative introduction to DBT and how it is used in treatment. Thanks to  Barbara Stuart and Esme Shaller and their team at UC-San Francisco for this awesome video....
The Missing Link:  Treating Trauma Disorders in individuals with BPD

The Missing Link: Treating Trauma Disorders in individuals with BPD

The Missing Link:  Treating Trauma Disorders in individuals with BPD By Kelly Turner, LCSW Trauma Disorders are a growing problem in the United States. Recent research indicates that in The United States, 1.8% of men and 5.2% of women are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Kessler et al., 2005). The prevalence of PTSD among those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are much higher. In a recent study the comorbidity of PTSD in individuals diagnosed with PTSD was 30.2% (Pagura et al., 2010). At the same time, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was showing poor remissions rates in PTSD with outcomes as low as 35% remission rates (Harned et al., 2008). We know that PTSD symptoms are related to BPD symptoms in individuals with comorbid diagnosis. The problem the field has been presented with is that evidence based treatments for PTSD come with exclusion criteria that include risks of suicide, self-injury, and substance use disorders.   These exclusion criteria have led clinicians to exclude BPD clients from evidence based trauma treatments. As clinicians, we were left with an individual that needed trauma treatment, but the belief was the treatment was not safe for them to participate in, yet we were struggling to make progress in treatment not being able to address the PTSD. Dr. Melanie Harned along with Dr. Marsha Linehan pioneered a treatment for these individuals that combined DBT along with Prolonged Exposure (PE), an effective treatment for trauma developed by Dr. Edna Foa. They combined the self-monitoring strategies in DBT (diary cards and pre/post session ratings) with the exposure principles in PE. Initial studies indicate that PE...
BPD Family Support Group: FREE support group for families

BPD Family Support Group: FREE support group for families

If you have someone close to you suffering from BPD and would like to be part of a group that will offer encouragement and support, join the BPD Family Support Group.   When: The 1st Tuesday of the Month  6-8pm   Where: The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County   Please Contact: Jacki Krone at jackikrone@gmail.com or Pam Hernandez at pamh1224@gmail.com  ...

FREE Recovery Event at USF ST. Pete on 9/18

FREE EVENT – VOICES OF RECOVERY Increase awareness and celebrate successes of those in recovery Friday, September 18, 9-12:00pm University of South Florida – St. Petersburg Campus 140 7th Ave S, St Petersburg, FL USC Building, Ballrooms 1 & 2 Light refreshments will be served   Join us as we celebrate National Recovery Month with an expert panel of individuals living in recovery. Listen as they tell their story and answer questions about the challenges of recovery and their message of hope.   Call to Register and receive a FREE parking pass:(727) 462-3650 For More Information: INFO SHEET – USF Recovery Month...