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Category Archives: BPD-Related

Explores BPD: its stigma, its literary manifestations, its burdens on sufferers and their families

BPD Questions and Answers

Borderline personality disorder continues to weasel its way into my life—sometimes more or less sought out, sometimes popping up out of nowhere. I had been promoting my book to an online support organization for family members of people with BPD, when the person with whom I was exchanging emails suddenly called me one day. She started […]

On Track?

Last week I taped an interview for the City of Canton (my hometown) TV station. My sister-in-law Penni knows the host, Betty Smith, and Penni did the legwork to arrange my appearance on Betty’s show “On Track with Betty Mac.” I start around 15:15. It was fun. Betty was prepared and very welcoming. Her questions showed […]

A Box Full of Darkness.

The website Psych Central allowed me to contribute another blog post, which they titled “A Box Full of Darkness: Growing Up in the Shadow of Borderline Personality Disorder.” Here it is.

BPDFamily

BPDFamily invited me to write a post about how my thinking about my mom has changed since learning about borderline personality. The website is a gathering place for people with family members with BPD. Here’s the post:   http://www.bpdfamily.com/content/maybe-she-did-best-she-could-do

Serendipity

“A certain man once lost a diamond cuff-link in the wide blue sea, and twenty years later, on the exact day, a Friday apparently, he was eating a large fish—but there was no diamond inside. That’s what I like about coincidence.” —Vladimir Nabokov A weird concatenation of circumstances. Coincidence. Or, as we sometimes say in our […]

Another Gift

Kimberlee Roth’s book Surviving a Borderline Parent: How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds & Build Trust, Boundaries, and Self-Esteem helped me a lot when I began exploring the possibility that my my mom had suffered from borderline personality disorder.  Everything about it was calming. When I would stress about getting things “right,” I’d go back to […]

At Long Last

It’s been years of writing, reading, revising, waiting, feeling hopeful, not feeling hopeful, and waiting some more. Missing: Coming to Terms with a Borderline Mother is now available, published by Red Giant Books this week. Try always to patronize your local independent bookstore. That applies here. Even though stores will not have my book in stock, they […]

Circle Dance

Many years ago, my good friend Barb said something I never forgot. “People shouldn’t say they did the best they could. Nobody ever does the best they can,” she remarked with the wise authority of a person in her early twenties. Struck by the comment’s harshness, I was also impressed with Barb’s bracing insight. I decided she was […]

Green Shoes

Celebrities such a football players are too often in the news for bad reasons, but both my kids have, at various times, alerted me to Brandon Marshall, a Chicago Bears receiver, who’s outed himself as suffering from borderline personality disorder. They know about my interest because they know about my book, Missing: Coming to Terms with a Borderline Mother, in […]

Hurt Like I Do

I get on a Randy Newman kick now and then. Today, playing a Newman cd while I was baking, I was struck by the song “Marie.” Lushly orchestrated, this version features a warm, romantic background, like so many Newman songs, belying the barbed lyrics. “Marie” sounds like a love song, but it’s a love song sung […]