Borderline Personality Disorder: Fact vs Fiction

[ad_1] McLean Hospital Guest BloggerBlaise Aguirre, MD So you think you know about borderline personality disorder? Many of us have seen Fatal Attraction where the lead female character is described as having borderline personality disorder (BPD), but the diagnosis is not that Hollywood portrayal. In fact, despite great efforts through a number of organizations, including McLean Hospital, Project 375, and the Linehan Institute, there are still many misconceptions about BPD. And unfortunately, along with misconceptions, comes stigma. I was previously interviewed on W5, a popular weekly Canadian television program, where I discussed BPD. My colleagues and I are deeply committed to working with the media and talking with the public about BPD in an effort to set the record straight about this disorder. We know that people suffer in silence because of lack of awareness, because they don’t have the right information or are afraid of stigma. Below, I outline fact from fiction regarding some common myths surrounding BPD. MYTH:…

The Sacrifices We Make For Our Relationships

[ad_1] Over the years, I’ve been approached by women and men who want to know if they’ve made the right choice in sacrificing their needs for their relationship. Whether it’s moving to a new town you aren’t thrilled about so that your spouse can accept his dream job, or agreeing to choose the country house your partner fell in love with instead of the city loft you liked best – we all face tough decisions like this at one point or another when in a serious relationship. I have found that women tend to make these type of common relationship sacrifices more than men. Your physiology creates more oxytocin than a male, and combined with the hormone estrogen, you are set up to be better at relationships and more willing to sacrifice for others. It’s really built into us to be more sacrificial than our male counterparts. In other words: it’s biology. This, of course, doesn’t make it any easier…

Deconstructing Stigma: Picturing the Beauty in Life

[ad_1] Editor’s note: Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life is a public awareness campaign developed by McLean Hospital to spark conversation not only about behavioral and mental health but also about the stigma that surrounds it. The campaign features compelling stories from people across the United States who have been affected by mental illness, including Alan’s story below. McLean Hospital Guest BloggerAlan S. Despite attempts to love and care for my mother, I never felt valued growing up. As a youth, I tried to take my own life. I wound up in a series of foster homes. It has been a battle since I was 11 just to be here. Generations of my family have battled mental illness. My grandfather, noted Red Sox centerfielder Jimmy Piersall, became the first sports figure to publicly declare his fight with bipolar disorder. I shared that diagnosis by the time I was 27. There were manic episodes in my life…

Doorway to Forever: Badlands National Park in South Dakota

[ad_1] A lot of people have asked us to name our favorite national park after visiting all of them–a very difficult thing to do as they are all so unique and wonderful in their own way. It is much easier to select parks that we really want to return to and explore and learn more about… Badlands National Park in central South Dakota is definitely one of those places. There are many reasons that this park is among the shiniest gems of the year. The vastness of prairie grassland that symbolizes the American heartland is striking on its own, then seemingly out of nowhere the Earth opens wide to reveal colorful curved formations–spires, canyons, buttes, fins–that extend as far as the eye can see. The weathered badlands are every bit as spectacular as the Grand Canyon is; it too looks a bit like the inside of a cave that has been turned inside out and warmed by the sun. This…

The 5 Most Extravagant Hotel Experiences In The World

[ad_1] For Condé Nast Traveler, by Krisanne Fordham. Courtesy Four Seasons Talk about #travelgoals. From your own personal submarine to on-demand fireworks, we’ve rounded up the world’s most over-the-top hotel experiences. 1. A private pool at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii What’s better than a beachfront infinity pool in Maui with a swim-up bar and underwater speakers? Having that pool all to yourself. For an entire evening, the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea offers exclusive use of its communal Serenity Pool — considered one of Hawaii’s best hotel pools no less — as part of the resort’s ultra-luxe Unforgettable Experiences program. If you can tear yourself away from swimming and drinking, take advantage of the customized multi-course sunset dinner, live entertainment such as a ukulele serenade and hula-dancing, and couples’ massage, all of which are offered poolside. (From $5,000, not including accommodations) Courtesy Lacaula Island 2. Your own submarine at Lacaula Island Resort, Fiji This 3,200-acre private…

5 Tips From Toddlers For a Healthier You

[ad_1] When my brother and I were growing up my mom fed us 3 meals a day. Each of those meals always included bread (she made homemade biscuits every day) and delicious desserts. Mom loved to bake and she was famous for her made from scratch cakes and pies. If we wanted snacks in between meals there were always biscuits and some of my Grandma Layne’s homemade jams, jellies and preserves. It’s no wonder I grew up loving sweets and eating big meals. But that’s not the way most toddlers eat and neither should I. My husband I have 5 grandchildren under 5 years old and while that doesn’t make me an expert, I can’t help but notice some habits they have that I should cultivate for myself and perhaps you should too! We don’t have to have a huge meal to be full. In fact, we feel better if we don’t. Think about that bloated feeling you get after…

Janet Mock: Sex Workers’ Rights Must Be Part Of The Women’s March

[ad_1] Janet Mock wrote a poignant essay explaining why it’s integral that sex workers’ rights be included in the values that anchor the Women’s March on Washington.  According to a Tumblr post Mock published on Tuesday, the author and transgender activist helped create the march’s beautifully intersectional policy platform. That platform includes the guiding principles of the march and what it will represent. The four-page agenda, which has reportedly been edited since it was published last week, originally included the line: “Undocumented and migrant workers must be included in our labor protections, and we stand in solidarity with sex workers’ rights movements.”  In her Tumblr post, Mock explains that she authored that line which has since been changed to read: “We stand in solidarity with the sex workers’ rights movement. We recognize that exploitation for sex and labor in all forms is a violation of human rights.” According to writer Melissa Gira Grant the line was edited multiples times in the span of 24 hours. At one point the…

Your Writing Career, Are You As Serious As You Pretend?

[ad_1] As a youth I was raised to believe no one owes you anything. Therefore, I tend to look at situations in an objective view, instead of dealing mostly on feelings. Over the past few weeks I have been reading various comments, postings, etc and I wanted to ask fellow writers a question. Are you as serious about your career as you pretend? I decided to ask this question because the behaviors of certain people in this industry are starting to boggle my brain. For example, I have been hearing of writers cursing folks out lately, because their manuscript was rejected. For the life of me I cannot understand this reaction to hearing no. Unlike most writers I do not have a set genre I prefer to write. I have the memoirs coming, a romance fiction novel, then I plan to switch to films because my ultimate dream is to see my work on the big screen. In between this…

What’s For Dinner: Super-Fast Pressure Cooker Bean Stew

[ad_1] At the end of a long day, when it’s already dark once you get home, a big bowl of some soul-satisfying stew is just what you need. If you had the foresight to know you’d feel like this when you were just starting the morning, you may have had one going in the slow cooker all day. Since you didn’t, it’s time to call upon the speedy work of the pressure cooker. When you prepare stew in a pressure cooker, it cooks in under 30 minutes.  The fine folks at Bon Appetit show us how to make this comforting, vegetarian-friendly dinner in a short period of time in the video above. They also show us how to serve it with style by adding garlic toast on the side. This is what all weeknight dinners aspire to be. [ad_2] Source link