BPD Stigma: When Misogyny and Mental Illness Collide (BPD vs. C-PTSD)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and I think borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often a sexist, scapegoat diagnosis. I am tired of the stigma and misogyny and I know many of my BPD-diagnosed loved ones are tired of it, too.

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I made this video at a viewer’s request, as BPD stigma is something that most people with the disorder deal with.

Borderline personality disorder IS about gender. I normally wouldn’t make such an assertion, but based on my own experiences and research, I have found it (over and over again) to be true.

In this video, we’ll explore different aspects of BPD stigma and how it relates to other mental illnesses. We’ll talk about alternatives to the BPD label, namely C-PTSD. My ultimate suggestion to mental health professionals is to drastically change the criteria for BPD or eliminate the diagnosis completely.

To my point about BPD vs. sociopathy: I understand that, because we are all so drastically different, some sociopaths may experience what could be called empathy. However, a lack of empathy is one of the defining characteristics of ASPD (anti-social personality disorder), whereas TOO MUCH empathy is a defining characteristic of BPD, which means the foundational attributes of the disorders are complete opposites. For that reason, I believe they need to be in wholly separate categories.

Note: I realize that not everyone with BPD has been traumatized. My point in this video is that traumatized people need different resources than non-traumatized people and that putting us in the same category can have dangerous consequences.

Have you faced stigma because of your BPD diagnosis? How did it make you feel? Let me know in the comments.

Here’s the article I mentioned, called “Embrace the Benefits of Borderline Personality Disorder:” https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/bo…

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PTSD Anniversary Effect: 15 Coping Strategies (Toolbox Tuesday)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and I’m in the middle of a trauma anniversary. Today, I’m going to share 15 coping strategies for surviving the PTSD anniversary effect.

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As most people with PTSD (and C-PTSD) know, trauma anniversaries can be devastating. There are even two terms for the phenomenon: the anniversary effect and the anniversary reaction. Both refer to what happens when an anniversary day/month/season rolls around and can be broken down into four main symptoms: intrusion, avoidance, arousal, and mood changes. (From the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs)

In this video, I’ll share some of my personal experiences with trauma anniversary reactions, since I happen to be going through one as I write this. In the second half of the video, I’ll share 15 tips and tricks for surviving your own trauma anniversaries. This is Toolbox Tuesday, after all!

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How do you cope with the PTSD anniversary effect? Let me know down in the comments. If you try out any of these tips, I’d love to hear from you about how it went.

Thanks so much for watching my video! See you Thursday.

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6 New Tricks to Stop a Mental Breakdown (C-PTSD Dissociation)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and welcome to the first episode of my new series, Toolbox Tuesdays!

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Do you suffer from severe dissociative episodes, flashbacks, or general mental breakdowns related to borderline personality disorder (BPD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Today you’ll learn six simple tricks for stopping your breakdowns in their tracks.

These methods include adjusting your body temperature with ice and water, intensely exercising, dying your hair, painting your face, hanging out with animals, and grounding yourself by literally getting on the floor.

These tricks are specifically designed to help folks with BPD and PTSD, but anyone can benefit from them!

The DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) skill I draw from in the first half of this video is called TIP — temperature, intense exercise, and paced breathing. I’ll show you the most effective ways to implement this skill during a severe mental health crisis.

Thanks so much for watching! If you have questions, concerns, or ideas for future videos, leave a comment down below. I would love to hear from you!

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BPD vs. C-PTSD: The Problem with Borderline Personality Disorder

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and in this video, I’ll explain the difference between BPD vs. C-PTSD. I’ll divulge why I reject my BPD diagnosis in favor of C-PTSD, or complex post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ll give a brief overview of what BPD is and where it came from, tying it in with the history of Freud’s “hysterical woman.”

Have you been diagnosed as borderline? Have you also experienced prolonged abuse — whether it be emotional, physical, or sexual? If so, this video is for you.

What’s your take on BPD vs. C-PTSD? Let me know down in the comments. If you have any questions or ideas for future videos, I would love to hear from you!

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ARE YOU TOO MUCH? (C-PTSD Relationships)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and a lot of people can’t stand me!

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I’m too much — too loud, too sick, too troublesome to bother with. In this video, I’ll talk about what it means and how it feels to be “too much” for people as a result of C-PTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) or BPD (borderline personality disorder). I’ll share some of my most painful personal experiences, as well as tips for how to set boundaries and develop healthier relationships with people.

You’re not “too much,” okay? You’re just enough. Sexual trauma and BPD symptoms don’t need to get in the way of you maintaining fulfilling relationships. You might just have to make a few tweaks along the way!

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The intro to this video was inspired by a Cymbalta commercial from years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTZvnAF7UsA

50 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF DYING

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz and I often struggle with being alive.

This silly video outlines 50 of my favorite things to do instead of dying. These tools regularly help me fight through the despair and hopelessness inherent in PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Living with a serious mental illness certainly isn’t easy, but we can learn to tolerate it and maybe even have some fun in the process.

If you are currently feeling suicidal, please reach out to someone you trust. If it’s an emergency, I implore you to contact a medical professional immediately. We need you here.

This video is a bit of a departure from what I’ve been posting, i.e. it’s a lot sillier. Discussions of mental illness and healing don’t always have to be clinical and miserable. Sometimes it’s good to loosen our grips and laugh about the mess we’re in.

Thanks for watching! What do you do when you’re down? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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Writing About Sexual Trauma: Safety, Prompts, and Tools (PTSD)

Hi, I’m Leif E. Greenz. In this video, I’ll discuss how to write about sexual assault safely and effectively. This video does NOT contain graphic descriptions of assault and should be safe for most survivors to watch.

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In today’s video, I’ll start by discussing two examples of sexual assault in writing and analyze why some approaches work and some don’t. Who can write about sexual assault and why?

Next, I’ll explain how people with PTSD (or C-PTSD) can write about sexual assault without retraumatizing themselves. The writing tricks you’ll hear about in this video include surrealism, repetition, detachment, and metaphor.

If you have any questions or want to share your experiences with writing about rape, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to write back!

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