understanding self-injury

Understanding Self-Injury in the Context of Trauma and Dissociation

By: Lyndsey Karns, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist Self-injury or self-mutilation, a seemingly paradoxical coping mechanism, has been widely misunderstood by the public and to some degree by mental health and medical professionals as it relates to trauma and dissociation.  Self-injury can manifest in several forms and degrees of severity, with the object and goal to…

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Memories are Forever

Do you know someone who states their anxiety, depression or borderline personality disorder prevents them from being able to interact? It is frustrating to sit and watch while your loved ones miss out on activities and life’s special moments. Graduations, births, birthdays and weddings are just of few memories that can never be recreated. Unfortunately, some may use their…

Brandon Marshall’s Project Borderline Kickoff Event Program

Brandon Marshall, wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins comes out in support for raising awareness and promoting treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder.  This event was held at Solita Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 2, 2011. Featured speakers were George Smith, LICSW, Program Director, Borderline Center Outpatient Program, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA and Dr.…

The Promise of Mentalization-Based Therapy in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder

In 2008, Psychiatric News published an article using Mentalization-Based Therapy, MBT, with Borderline Personality Disorder. A working definition of MBT is the use of imaginative mental activity or perceiving and interpreting human behavior in terms of intentional mental states (needs, feelings, goals, purpose) based on research by Anthony Bateman and Peter Fonagy)