Sleep and BPD

Sleep is a basic human need. It is a vital activity that sustains and restores our body. Although researchers do not fully understand the benefits of sleep, it is understood to help give rest to our brain, muscles and organs…Sleep is a basic human need. It is a vital activity that sustains and restores our body. Although researchers do not fully understand the benefits of sleep, it is understood to help give rest to our brain, muscles and organs.

Creating a Sleep Routine

A sleep routine can be hard to stick to. This routine can be particularly hard if you sleep in different locations, work night or late shifts, have a disability or struggle to switch off from the stress of the day. This post is part of a series looking at sleep.

What can I do to help my recovery process?

There are many treatments, support options and professionals willing to help you. Before progressing to the other modules in the 2020 Grow Course is it important that you have people such as a doctor, a psychologist, and psychiatrist supporting you. There are also many other important health care professionals that you could speak to your GP about accessing such as occupational therapy, social work, nursing, nutrition and physiotherapy.

Anatomy of a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy group session

Currently I’m attending a 20-week Dialectical Behaviour Therapy group class. I’ll be blogging about my experiences and what I learn.

Discharged now what

It has been nearly two weeks since I have been discharged. Going into hospital is often the place of respite for me. Its like I am a train that is about to break through the boom gates and fly off the tracks, but just in time my psychiatrist, AKA “my fat controller” changes the tracks.Continue reading “Discharged now what”

I Should Be Better by Now…They Said

I should be better by now, that’s what they said. (Trigger Warning) An important part of a conversation I had yesterday with my psychologist. Me: They said I would be better now, they said that this would pass. That happier times would come. I’ve been living like this since I can remember. I’ve been inContinue reading “I Should Be Better by Now…They Said”

The 2020 Growing Together Program

OT for BPD is developing its first learning program! The 2020 Growing Together is a set of modules (lessons) whereby we learn about what makes up mental health and how we can enhance our life to live with increased purpose and meaningfulness.

Mental illness and the Weather – Coping with the changes

The weather is a common trigger for people with mental health difficulties. For some, summer can be really tough as it means wearing short sleeves, or overheating in long ones; it means more social activities, and longer days. For some, winter is really tough. I know my mental health is worse in winter; I feelContinue reading “Mental illness and the Weather – Coping with the changes”

A letter to all of those suffering in silence

Ever since I was little, I was surrounded by information and news and discussions around physical health and physical illness. I heard about diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, weight loss, weight gain, an endless list. Why did I never hear these same discussions being had about mental health and mental illness?

Stigma against people who use drugs

Stigma against people who use drugs (PWUD) has been surprisingly common in my experience as an occupational therapy student….(Trigger Warning)

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