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...

FBPDA @ NAMI Hillsborough Walk

FBPDA Board Members and Supporters were proud to have participated in NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Hillsborough’s First Annual Walk/Run. Together, we showed our support for those with mental illness and recommitted ourselves to stomping out stigma. FBPDA Board Members and Supporters were able to contribute over $700 to support NAMI Hillsborough and their mission to enhance the lives of those living with mental illness. We look forward to collaborating with NAMI in the future! FBPDA Team and Supporters NAMI chose powerful messages to share Including facts about mental illness… FBPDA Board Members Mental Illness Facts FBPDA Board Members FBPDA Board Members FBPDA Team and Supporters Mental Illness Facts...

The Battle between DBT Treatment and Insurance Companies

By Lori Salmon, MSW Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that has been found to be the gold standard for those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.  One of the elements that make DBT so helpful is the comprehensive treatment modality that is provided to the client.  This involves individual sessions, group therapy, phone coaching calls, and team consultation, which is far from the traditional practices of providing only individual sessions.  The complexity of the BPD diagnosis warrants the intricacy of an effective treatment.  Although mental health providers can agree with this thought, there is a continual battle with insurance companies for reimbursement.  Insurance companies do not recognize the full DBT modality as a billable treatment.  They may cover just the individual sessions and not even the full rate at that.  With DBT being a relatively expensive treatment, there is a frustration as a service provider of wanting to offer the most effective treatment to those who needed it the most and watching the insurance company deny the clients a financial reimbursement.  In many cases, clients are left to pay out of pocket which is a difficult task for those on disability or even those who come from a two income household.  Increasing awareness and advocating for effective mental health services is needed to illustrate to the insurance companies that there is not a one size fits all treatment for every disorder.  Although mandated federal laws have increased insurance coverage, we are still a long way from the proper mental health coverage, especially for personality disorders.  Having insurance companies recognize the full DBT modality as billable services would not...

Day 31- BPD Awareness Month 31 Day Mindfulness Challenge

Day 30- Mindful Driving Commutes can be difficult- lots of traffic, lots of stress, and lots of to-do lists.  As I learned in this meditation, driving is a great time for me to practice mindfulness, to show up at work prepared for the day, and to return home calm- without my head spinning circles around me. This mindfulness practice for driving comes from Donald Altman’s book One Minute Mindfulness. For me, it was quite a departure from my normal multi-tasking routine that involves breakfast, makeup, a lint roller, etc. during the morning drive. But it also felt relaxing to know that the only thing I had to do or focus on, was driving. The actual practice is below, but I suggest you visit Mindful’s post Driving as Preparation to read the entire excerpt. PRACTICE: In the next day or week, take one driving trip where you are focused only on your driving, with no distractions. Do this when you are alone, and try to be as present as you can every sixty seconds. You don’t have to be perfect when doing this. When your mind wanders, to the past or the future, gently bring it back. You can even mentally affirm your present moment intention with the words “driving, driving.” Sincere thanks for joining us on this mindful journey to honor BPD Awareness Month!!...

Day 28- BPD Awareness Month 31 Day Mindfulness Challenfe

7 Obstacles to Mindfulness and How to Overcome Them Today I am sharing this post from Tiny Buddha about some common obstacles in our mindfulness practice. I know that I have and continue  to experience these challenges as I embrace a “mindful” life: 1. Mindfulness takes ongoing effort. 2. There will always be distractions. 3. Progress doesn’t always come quickly. 4. You may want to give up. 5. Your goals may challenge your mindfulness. 6. You might forget that the journey is the destination. 7. Sometimes you’ll want to be anywhere but in the now. Don’t forget to check out Tiny Buddha’s full article on the obstacles to...