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”

How to be friends with a borderline

Today on my newsfeed was an image about International Friendship Day. Only several hours before I had been writing a letter to a friend explaining how they had hurt me. A letter that was written for therapeutic reasons, rather than the intention of sending it. After seeing this message regarding International Friendship Day I brokeContinue reading “How to be friends with a borderline”

What we are not

y first exposure to BPD was many years ago. Totally unaware of BPD I was scared and confused. I had been previously informed that these clients were “difficult and challenging”. Afraid that I would say something wrong I maintained my distance and judgment.

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)

Grieving for someone who is alive

Her smell, her embrace, her laugh, her seriousness, her favourite colour, her jewellery, our jokes, our late night sleep overs. I remember how much I loved her, how intensely I needed her acceptance, validation and her friendship. I remember making promises of a life time of friendship and jokes of being an “aunty” to herContinue reading “Grieving for someone who is alive”

Discriminating group therapy leader

I find it so frustrating when people compare their mental illness to BPD like we are in different classes. Arnt, we are all mentally unwell? When you are in groups and someone talks about BPD and the comments are “oh people with BPD they are so mentally ill, you can’t reason with them.” “They are manipulative, theyContinue reading “Discriminating group therapy leader”

Occupational Therapy and the PD Stigma

This is an open letter to colleagues far and wide, in the UK and across the pond. With an estimated 1 in 4 adults having a diagnosable mental health condition, chances are not only will a portion of your caseload have a mental illness, but there’s odds that so will some of your colleagues. IContinue reading “Occupational Therapy and the PD Stigma”

The emergency crisis for the mentally ill

Waiting to die in the waiting room

When you judge me, do you judge you?

Judement is such as easy thing to do. I would say it is an automatic thought that helps us feel better about ourselves at the expense of another. Often this judgement comes from people who are suffering and see themselves poorly. How do I know? Because I was a judger. I judged everything and everyone.Continue reading “When you judge me, do you judge you?”

I have Borderline. Hear me ROAR

So today for the first time I shared briefly to my third years I have Borderline. We were discussing how violence and trauma can present itself in multiple ways and result in mental illness, drug use, self harm and alcohol misuse … They already know I am a mental health advocate. And who knows! someContinue reading “I have Borderline. Hear me ROAR”

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