Borderline personality disorder and I

I figured a good way to move on from my last post, in which I took a huge leap of faith by opening up about my mental health problems, would be to go into a bit more detail about one of my diagnoses, borderline personality disorder (BPD). Many people will have heard of or know something about depression and/or anxiety, but borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, is a condition you don’t often hear much about. I’m not entirely sure why this is – perhaps because it just isn’t quite as common as many other conditions, therefore garners less attention? What I do know though, is that all 10 of the known personality disorders are highly stigmatised and this may prevent many individuals from speaking up, including myself until now.
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Faye
August 30, 2016

Opening up about my mental health

Shortly after publishing my last post, I realised I’ve gone head first into encouraging people to open up about their experiences with mental health difficulties, to help increase awareness and fight stigma, when I still keep mine under wraps for the very same reasons many others out there probably do – fear of what other people will think. With the exception of members of Facebook support groups and medical professionals, only my immediate family and one or two friends know the full extent of my difficulties. I bang on about how we should be able to be open about our difficulties without judgement and how beneficial it can be once we do, yet I sit here behind a screen not taking my own advice and not fully supporting a cause I feel so strongly about. This isn’t acceptable. I may be many things, but I am not a hypocrite! So, here I am taking a giant kangaroo leap out of my comfort zone.
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Faye
August 23, 2016

Seeking mental health guest bloggers!

When I started thinking about reopening Bonkers, I fully intended for it to be a platform from which not only could I write about my own life stories, opinions and the like, but also raise awareness about mental health conditions. However I’ve been struggling to write any pieces without them feeling like I’m just regurgitating symptom lists or things that I’ve learnt through my masters! I’ve been wracking my brains for the past few days to think of a solution, until I finally had a EUREKA moment in the shower just now. Guest bloggers! What better way to raise awareness of what particular mental health conditions are and how they effect people, than by having someone who actually lives with those conditions say what it feels like and how they experience it day to day! I could start the post with a bit of information about the condition in general, and then hand it over to someone who can speak from experience what it actually entails for them as an individual! A ‘living with’ blog series as it were!
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Why rats make good pets

We recently added 2 more rats to our little furfamily, bringing us to a total of four!
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Faye
August 15, 2016