Monthly Archives: December 2013

Why Borderline Personality Disorder Sufferers Should be Optimistic

Effects of Childhood Trauma, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, cptsd, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

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Mercifully, the days of mental health professionals believing that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an untreatable condition are over. Empirical studies are rapidly accruing, demonstrating that there ARE now effective therapies (for example, dialectical behaviour therapy, also known as DBT – click here to read my article on this).

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Furthermore, it is now acknowledged that BPD is an extremely serious condition. This acknowledgement is important as it increases the likelihood of research into the illness attracting greater funding. Indeed, research into both the causes of BPD and therapies to treat it is really beginning to take off.

Also, in the days when BPD was poorly understood and more highly stigmatized, psychiatrists were reluctant to give their patients with the condition. However, in these rather more enlightened times, those who meet the DSM (diagnostic statistical manual) criteria are much more likely to be given the diagnosis than before. This is vitally important as it allows the patient…

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A multiple-case study exploring personal paradigm shifts throughout the psychotic process from onset to full recovery

Full text disertation available on line: A multiple-case study exploring personal paradigm shifts throughout the psychotic process from onset to full recovery.

The aim of the dissertation was to explore how the personal paradigms of those who have recovered from long-term psychosis changed throughout the psychotic process, from onset to full recovery

Invisible intruders – the voices in my head – All In The Mind – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Will Hall: There is a voice that comes to me that’s very comforting, and I’m not sure if it’s the same voice every time. But it’s a voice that if it’s not there then I know I’m in trouble. If I’m suffering, if I’m in a lot of pain, that voice is really there to help me out, so I am very appreciative of that voice being there to protect me.

And I also have a voice that’s very aggressive and puts me down, and sometimes speaks in the voice of my father and sometimes is more of a daemonic voice…

Invisible intruders – the voices in my head – All In The Mind – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

14 November 2013 John Read

Univerity College Cork conference presentation – video recording “Meanings of Madness”, with links – 14 November 2013 John Read – Panopto Viewer 

Explanations of how medical model fails to adequately explain schizophrenia