Case Study: Howl (Howls moving Castle)

If you haven’t seen any of the Studio Ghibli films Hayao Miyazaki stop reading this and go watch them now. I don’t care if Anime isn’t your thing, these films are masterpieces of storytelling and visuals that will send your spirit soaring. Start with Howls Moving Castle (because not only is it the one we’re…

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Distress Tolerance 2: Distracting with A.C.C.E.P.T.S.

It’s Acronym time!!! A.C.C.E.P.T.S. is a set of skills to help you get through a crisis by distracting yourself until the moment passes safely. Often when in a crisis that can’t be solved immediately the best thing to do is to put your pain and distress aside for the time being and trick yourself into…

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Distress Tolerance 1: Introduction

Here comes the tough love people, because when facing the goliath that is distress tolerance you’re going to find it sounds an awful lot like a more complicated way of saying “just get over it” when you’re in pain. But that’s not what this is about. Telling someone to ‘buck up’ and ‘get over’ their…

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Case Study 1: Anakin Skywalker

Back in 2007, an article in wired (https://www.livescience.com/10679-psychology-darth-vader-revealed.html) described our favourite star wars angsty tragic hero as having BPD. Since then medical students have been using him as an example of how to identify and diagnose the disorder. Here’s what I found in my own investigation: Remember, you only need to show at least 5…

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Somewhere you’ve heard the term, perhaps from a friend or a doctor or social media: Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s a mysterious and misunderstood disorder and there are many myths and misinformation floating around out there. So what is it? What makes this diagnosis so difficult to manage? What can be done to help those suffering?…

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