Monday, May 10, 2010

BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)


People who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder have at least five of the following symptoms. They may:1

Make frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
Have a pattern of difficult relationships caused by alternating between extremes of intense admiration and hatred of others.
Have an unstable self-image or be unsure of his or her own identity.
Act impulsively in ways that are self-damaging, (i.e. extravagant spending, frequent and unprotected sex with many partners, substance abuse, binge eating, or reckless driving).
Have recurring suicidal thoughts, make repeated suicide attempts, or cause self-injury through mutilation, such as cutting or burning himself or herself.
Have frequent emotional overreactions or intense mood swings, including feeling depressed, irritable, or anxious. These mood swings usually only last a few hours at a time. In rare cases, they may last a day or two.
Have long-term feelings of emptiness.
Have inappropriate, fierce anger or problems controlling anger. The person may often display temper tantrums or get into physical fights.
Have temporary episodes of feeling suspicious of others without reason (paranoia) or losing a sense of reality.

PTSD (Post Tramautic Stress Disorder)


sleep disturbances
feeling jittery or “on guard”
being easily startled
loss of interest in things they used to enjoy
general lack of responsiveness
feeling numb
trouble feeling affectionate
irritability, more aggressive than before, or even violent
avoiding certain places or situations that bring back memories
flashbacks or intrusive images (flashbacks can come in the form of images, sounds, smells, or feelings; a person usually believes that the traumatic event is happening all over again)
losing touch with reality
reenactment of an event for a period of seconds or hours or, very rarely, days
problems in school
difficulty concentrating
worry about dying at an early age
regressive behaviors
acting younger than their age (i.e., thumb sucking, bedwetting)
physical symptoms (i.e., headaches, stomach aches)

PTSD can occur at any age and be accompanied by:

substance abuse

Research Week!


This week, I've decided, is going to be research week on a few depression-related diagnoses that are possibilities for a friend of mine. They are, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). Through my next two blogs, you will learn a little bit more about these, as well as their symptoms. Here we go!

Monday, May 3, 2010

AP Exam Stress!

Advanced Placement Exams are this week and next week.

AP United States History this Friday, and AP Language and Composition a week from Wednesday. I'm stressing out! More about the AP US than the AP Lang...

The AP US test covers everything from colonial times (when we first set foot in America) until today. That's a lot of history! Ahh!

Due to studying for the AP US Exam, my blogs are a little short. Sorry! But to be honest, blogging isn't as important as doing well on these exams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sorry, I had to. It cheered me up :D

Radioactive Catz

Remote Guard Cat

Sits-Like-A-Person Cat

Munchies Cat

Monkey Cat

Eye on You Cat


Only a Kitten

Big Mistake

I've made a HUGE mistake... and I can't talk to the people I usually talk to because they will be REALLY REALLY REALLY mad at me. I don't know what I'm going to do... Suffer the consequences, I guess :/

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Saturday through Sunday morning, I spent my day with ALL of my dad's side of the family at my aunt and uncle's other house in Petaluma, California. It's really nice out there because it's more open space and it's better for the kids to run around and play outside, as well as inside.

When we got there, we had a little lunch and sat around talking while the kids played in the hot tub. After a while, the kids got out and we started playing soccer.

Then, all of a sudden, my seven year old cousin ran off to the swingset (that my dad made her) to play. She found a caterpillar while there! Then that caused a big fight because there were three kids (my cousins) fighting over one caterpiller! After a few hours, my aunt found another on her chair! By then, one of my cousins had lost interest in the caterpillar, so there were two caterpillars for two kids. Worked out well!

(The awesome thing is, the day I got back from California, my aunt called me to tell me that the caterpillar that was left - we let one go - had built a cuccoon! The kids were so excited!)

It was a lot of fun spending time with my family and adding my cousin's new husband into our tiny little family! :D