Living Life With BPD

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(This contributor wished to remain anonymous. She shares only her first name, and the pictures are stock photos. She recounts her daughter’s journey with BPD.)

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition characterized by difficulties regulating emotion. This means that people who experience BPD feel emotions intensely and for extended periods of time, and it is harder for them to return to a stable baseline after an emotionally triggering event.

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How I Traveled Europe with a Mental Health Condition

All photos shot by Brie Koons

Hey guys! I’ve been meaning to post about my travels that I’ve done in the last couple years. I didn’t do research for this post, so this is all completely from my perspective.

I understand that not everyone who lives with a mental health condition can travel. Some people have a more severe case of their illness than others, as most mental illnesses fall on a spectrum. Some people may have phobia’s or anxiety about flying. And some people may not have the means.

Don’t feel bad. Everyone is different. I tell people if they’re are unable to travel, enjoy it vicariously through other people. Follow travel pages on Instagram. Or follow people like me. I think I have seen a few other advocates posting about their trips.

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Dealing with Difficult Topics: Suicide

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(This contributor chose to remain anonymous as well. She’s discussing the topic of suicide, so don’t read if that’s a trigger for you.)

Tell me about your experience with your (daughter). You mentioned she struggled with mental illness.

As I struggled with severe depression raising my children, my daughter was around 10 when I was in a coma from a serious suicide attempt. There were factors in her life that led to her depression…. she was never formally diagnosed, but before her last trip to the hospital, her doctor said she would die by suicide, but offered no help. They treated her for alcohol use but never diagnosed her underlying mental health issues.

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