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Who, what, or where do you get the most support for your depression?

<p>Who, what, or where do you get the most support for your depression?</p>
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Today I said my last farewells to my best friend (and “FavoritePerson”) as she and her husband are relocating from MA to GA.
If that wasn’t hard enough, I got home from that to a phone call from my brother. My dad, who has been in the hospital and rehab after extensive abdominal surgery to repair a failed hernia repair surgery. We really thought he was going to bounce back when he was moved to a better rehab. But he took a turn for the worse - got COVID on top of a raging infection in his abdomen and pneumonia. His body just couldn’t take it. Life support was stopped and he was gone at 11:56am Arizona Time. I live in MA and was already planning to go out there this coming week. I was too late to get one last hug.
I’m at a total loss as to how to deal with all this grief. #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #MajorDepressiveDisorder #c -PTSD #Grief

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How Will the #MeToo Movement Be Affected by the Amber Heard Case?

It seems like the entire world has watched the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation trial over the past several weeks. And, after three long days of deliberation, the jury finally reached a verdict on Wednesday. While some are calling the results a “mixed verdict,” one thing is definitely true: the jury decided that Amber Heard “knew her claims of abuse were false” when she published her 2018 op-ed essay in “The Washington Post.” Although Heard never used the phrase “me too” in her claims, she did claim to be “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” In fact, this may have been one of the most high-profile sexual assault or domestic violence cases to take place since the #MeToo movement really took off in 2017. As a result, many people are wondering how this verdict will impact the #MeToo movement going forward. Now that the verdict is here, the question remains: what does this ruling mean for others who are waiting in the wings? As a survivor of abuse and a woman who has also received conflicting diagnoses of borderline personality disorder and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), I have watched the case unfold with anticipation and fear. I avoided taking a personal stance on the case as I didn’t feel it was my place to say whether or not Heard’s claims were valid. However, I did have moments where I reflected on times in the past when my own claims were invalidated due to “lack of evidence” and others providing character vouching for my abuser. In my case, it wasn’t a jury deliberating over my case, but rather, school teachers and a guidance counselor during my childhood. Yet, somehow, it all played out in much the same way — and I ultimately lost. It took me over 20 years to finally come to terms with the two-and-a-half years of verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse I lived through in middle school. I had to undo decades of fear, shame, and questioning the truth to finally accept what happened to me and remove the power it held over me. Unfortunately, this was incredibly difficult due to the invalidation I went through multiple times as people dismissed my claims as false, much like the jury just did with Amber Heard. When I finally found a trauma therapist willing to work with me and listen to my story, it took us months to unpack everything. At first, I attached others’ claims to my memories and dismissed my emotions. I told myself things like “I deserved what happened to me,” and, “I’m probably remembering it wrong anyway.” The more I opened up and my therapist validated my claims, though, the more I remembered — and the more I realized I was in fact abused whether or not those adults I confided in were willing to see it. In Amber Heard’s case, the events were much different. Yet, somehow, I still can’t help but think about how this verdict will impact people like me in years to come. Some are saying that this trial simply shows that our justice system serves its purpose and eventually uncovers the truth. Others are claiming that this may be the end of the #MeToo movement altogether. While I don’t necessarily feel it’s necessary for me to weigh in on whether or not Heard’s claims were false, I do think that both of these beliefs about the verdict can be true.  Justice may have been served and people may find it even harder to speak out about abuse and sexual assault as a result of this case — only time will tell.

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6 months waiting list for DBT

My partner and I just moved to a new state and I’ve been really wanting to do DBT. Where we lived before, there wasn’t much to offer there. So moving was great for me in that sense. But nobody can get me in so I’m on a 6 month waiting list. My BPD is getting worse. I’m dealing with infertility at 34 and the depression and the anxiety has spiked worse than it has in years. I was told by a therapist I’m on the low end of the spectrum of BPD. Meaning most my BPD symptoms come out during romantic relationships. So I’ve never been a cutter. But lately, I’ve attempted it. I started with just clawing my wrist to now, I’ve attempted it but haven’t actually done it. I need help and have no one to turn to. Can anyone suggest to me how I can help myself until I can start the DBT therapy. I can’t live like this anymore.

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Fun Stuff: Never Have I Ever...

<p>Fun Stuff: Never Have I Ever...</p>
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Let's Talk About Safety Plans

<p>Let's Talk About Safety Plans</p>
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Have you ever felt that someone is part of you? #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder

Have you ever felt that someone in your life is so integral to you identity, to the extent you feel “that person is part of me”?

How does that feel like? (Trying to figure out whether others experience it like I did) And do you see patterns of what make that happen (e.g., what about that person that makes you feel the merge of identity)?

#BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #BPDDiagnosis

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At the ER

Hi everyone. I’m at the ER right now, and wanted to reach out to you guys. I’ve been having a huge problem for a long time with severe stomach problems, and I have a problem with overeating too, so the combination has made me feel really sick, and the past two months or so have been the worst. Ive also lost over 50 pounds in the past year or so and no one knows why yet, but as Ive been sitting here Im serously wondering if I could have a blockage or impaction. I read about this just now on the internet and it fits my symptoms to a tee. Plus that can cause weight loss. I havent seen the doctor yet, but Im almost excited because it makes sense to me and though I dont want that, I would be glad to finally know whats wrong.

Please keep me in your prayers okay? Im beyond ready to get WELL!

#ADD #Bipolar2 #Depression #Undiagnosed #GI issues

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Have you ever lost a job or opportunity because of your health?

<p>Have you ever lost a job or opportunity because of your health?</p>
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Mystery illness support

Hi there, my name is Renee and I’m a 48 yr old woman dealing with some crazy symptoms that don’t make sense. All my tests come back normal. I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, seizure disorder, and lumbar spinal stenosis and have tested positive for EVB in the past. I have many neurological episodes that affect speech, facial twitching and numbness, vertigo, shocking pain in my ear followed by a sense of my ear being plugged, change in my gait and lack of coordination, ability to swallow. I stutter I have a horrible tremor through my body and horrible heavy pain in my ribs and lower extremities and cognitive issues. These symptoms happen out of no where at the same time and will get better after a few days of rest. MS was ruled out normal. My doctor doesn’t seem to take anything serious and meanwhile I am unable to work and can barely function without assistance. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms? Any input is welcome.
was ruled out

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