If you are in crisis, get help now!
To anyone suffering with MENTAL ILLNESS You are one badass mother because nothing is more terrifying than battling with your own mind every single day.
This website is meant for people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), for their families and people that love them, and for anyone else that is interested in learning more about BPD. The website will also touch on other forms of mental illness, such as Panic Anxiety Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The content on this website will be many forms, such as technical articles and research, blogs by me, blogs from others and visual images that refer to the above topics. I will also have “visitors” such as practitioners that work with people who have BPD and other people with BPD that may chime in from time to time.
If you have Borderline Disorder, I hope that this website will be a place where you can come and receive hope. It is so important that you are properly diagnosed and that you find a good psychiatrist and other mental health professionals that specialize specifically in the treatment of BPD. I would also highly recommend finding someone that is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Treatment a/k/a (DBT). If you need to be on medication, please do not feel ashamed or that it might not be a vital step in improving your symptoms. You may need to try more than one or two until you find a medication that “sits” well with your system.
It is not an easy path to struggle with the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. It is so worth it though, to gain more control over your life and for those who love and care about you, for them to learn more about how to help you.
I am NOT a Doctor or a Clinician. I do not hold any degrees or specialties in dealing with BPD. I myself am a survivor (yes, I call myself a survivor as I did not commit suicide from this disorder!) and I have been through over 20 years of psychiatric therapy, talk therapy and DBT training in learning how to conquer my symptoms. It has been a very long and at times a very rough journey but it has also been empowering to learn techniques and methods that help me get through my days almost symptom free.
What I want to share with you are two things: HOPE and KNOWLEDGE.
Thank you for checking us out and I hope to hear from you on our Message Board.
YOU CAN DO IT!
With you on the journey,
Alice M. Pirola
If you're old enough, you will remember the Christmas show, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a song by songwriter Johnny Marks based on the 1939 story published by the Montgomery Ward Company. Gene Autry's recording of the song hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949. It
With the Anniversary of September 11th upon us, I thought it appropriate to write a Blog on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its sister disorder Complex Post Traumatic Disorder (CPTSD). When you have suffered through a traumatic event in your life of any kind, you have the propensity to develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress
This article talks about the Impulse Power of Bipolar because contrary to popular belief, an individual can receive a dual diagnosis of Bipolar and BPD. I have had people say to me “that’s not possible”. Not only is it possible, I am one who has both disorders. I will try not to be snarky now
Low Self-esteem and mental illness may coincide together however; anyone can suffer from low self-esteem at any time without having mental illness. There are times throughout all of our lives that we encounter periods of low self-esteem. For those persons who do not suffer from mental illness and have low self-esteem, the door out is
I titled this Blog “Being Married to Mental Illness”, as I have found being married to my husband Joe of 32 years, there is a third party in our marriage, mental illness. It has often drawn us together on a more intimate level of understanding and bonding as we have navigated through the symptoms I
One of the luxuries of being young and having Borderline Personality Disorder is, during the earlier stages of the disorder you are so wrapped up in yourself and your symptoms that you are not capable of reflecting on the effect you have on those around you. Having a brain disordered by BPD is so consuming
It was spring on the East End of Long Island. Joe, Niki and I lived just on the edge of the Hampton's in a small condo on Moriches Bay. Niki was 2 years old, so I regret that she does not have much memory of it. It truly was a magical place. Contrary to popular
Having suffered from mental health disorders my whole life, I’ve always strived to be 'normal'. Yet, what is normal? If you are like me, you may also be beginning to question this concept with all the recent events making headlines these days. For most of my life, I compared myself to others judging their status
I would like to invite everyone to participate in this Mental Health Fear Challenge. I am creating this challenge as a way to support and help combat those who through fear and desperation feel they have no hope. For those of us with BPD, suicide rates are many times that of other illnesses, however lately
Can BPD’s Show Empathic Traits?I can say that there is hardly anything to like about having a disorder like Borderline. If I had to wish this disorder on my worst enemy, I would never. There are, however, certain aspects of the condition that I feel make us special, or set us apart from “normal people”.