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Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a psychiatric condition that impacts 1.4% of the population, with two-thirds of the population being female (Borderline Personality Disorder (n.d.). According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM 5), BPD is composed of behaviors that include patterns of personal relationships that fluctuate from idealizing a person to pushing that same person away. At the same time, the person with BPD will also react with intensity at the thought of being abandoned by others.  (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Knowing The Statistics Around Child Abuse in America

Almost 75% of children ages 2-4 in the United States in 2020 faced regular physical or emotional abuse from caregivers. Children from all socioeconomic levels are abused and neglected at the same rate, but abuse and neglect in impoverished families are more frequently reported and investigated. Similarly, race and child abuse rates are not linked, but a significant difference exists between race and the likelihood that a child will be removed from the home due to abuse. Compared to white children, African American children are four times more likely to be placed in foster care, American Indian and Native Alaskan children are three times more likely, and Hispanic children are twice as likely. No matter the race or socioeconomic status, the child factors that increase the likelihood of abuse include age, oppositional behavior, special needs, and developmental delays.

World Bipolar Disorder Day

March 30 is recognized as World Bipolar Disorder Day in an effort to disseminate accurate information about the disorder. Bipolar disorder is frequently misunderstood and unfortunately carries a stigma in society. It is estimated that about 2.6% of the American population, or 8.5 million individuals, carry a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. In popular culture, individuals with bipolar disorder are increasingly represented in films and television to the public. However, these characters are sometimes portrayed as “crazy” or violent. While it is encouraging that individuals with bipolar disorder are more represented, it is important that we understand that someone who has bipolar disorder is not necessarily violent, unemployable, or frequently unstable.  

Gender and Mental Health

When we think of the term “gender equality” we think about the political, societal, and socio-economic struggle for equity. Our conversations typically cover the topics of equal pay across professions and bodily autonomy. Because March is recognized as Gender Equality Month, we’d like to take a look at the idea of gender equality through a behavioral health lens.

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Therapy Internships and Lessons Learned

Finding Your "Good Fit"

There’s not many cases in life that we get to test drive before buying, but that is a perk of most behavioral health programs; test driving is required. Most people have a vision of their future career. I did. And my internships changed that. As an undergraduate Human Development and Family Studies major, I thought I wanted to work with children. I applied just like I was applying for a job, was matched with a social worker, and began observing home visits to monitor the care of children in low-income families. On day one I learned that this was not a good match for me. Without this information, I may have entered into a work environment that was unfulfilling for me or, worse, felt stuck! I was lucky to recognize this information very early on and quickly picked my next internship in a very different setting - an inpatient psychiatric facility for adults. I learned that I loved the population, but was a bit overwhelmed by the inpatient environment. Both of these experiences gave me useful information when applying to grad school and filtering out future jobs.