Borderline Personality in Teens: The Thing That Works

I have read the many books on parenting teens, helping those with Borderline Personality Disorder, and treatment advice.  In addition, I have years of finding the best therapist with the longest waiting list and figuring out how to get my child in for an appointment.  I have guarded her privacy and searched for answers.  I have offered her support, found external supports, and consulted the school.  What works?...more

My Husband's Suicide

(Piece originally written in 2004; updated in 2006 &  2014. Since I am new to this whole “blogging” thing, I wanted to give my new readers some more background as to who I am, where I have been, and where I am going.  It’s been a journey.  As it continues, I hope you enjoy taking it with me at www.mamalawmadingdong.com.)...more

Separating from your spouse? Say hello to Mr. Panic Attack

Other kids had imaginary friends growing up, I had panic attacks. I think I had my first panic attack when I was four. I remember a big one when I was seven, visiting Opryland. I began hyperventilating during a stage show medley of country classics and had to be taken to their medical center. (But really, was it a panic attack or a way to get the hell out of Opryland?...more

The Thrill of Dreams

It’s amazing how hard-wired we all are to believe what we already know as all the truth there is in the world. We use this limited list of facts to make judgments about everything around us and quickly come to the conclusion that we can only do things as they’ve always been done.Most of that conversation with ourselves has gone on so often we no longer even notice it anymore. That’s when the words become a false truth to us....more

Mindfulness: Inhabit the Present

WARNING: Reading this entry may lead to hippie-like tendencies.  You may feel the urge to grow out your hair, wear Tevas to work, listen to Enya, and smile for no reason....more

The Silent Fighter

Since it is Mental Health Awareness Week, I am sure we will hear all the ways to fight stigma and about the most vocal stigma fighters. And I believe, rightfully so, these people deserve their recognition. However they are not my focus for this post. I want to recognize and thank the silent fighters. I want to recognize those who live day to day beyond the stigma....more

The Semicolon Project; The Sentence Is Your Life

A few months ago, a dear friend of mine posted on Facebook with a link to something called “The Semicolon Project.” I’d never heard of it before and was curious what it was all about. Have you heard of it?It turns out, the Semicolon Project is a nonprofit organization that provides support to people and communities suffering with any kind of mental health issues. Specifically, those who may be contemplating suicide....more

Choosing a Path to Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental problems or disorders via psychological means instead of medical therapies. Psychotherapy is a general term as there are various types of psychological treatments that may be employed to help clients deal with their mental and emotional problems. The cornerstone of the treatment, in any case, is the relationship that develops between the therapist and the patient as they work together to deal with the patient's mental problems....more

When the children are watching

Ever think about the things your child may say or do, or even the personality they develop over time. How much of that do you attribute to genes? How much of that do you attribute to learned behavior or learned response? When people say, “you got it honest,” in reference to someone’s attitude or temper etc., I consider they are attributing the characteristics you are displaying, to your surrounding or experience in seeing that as a way to respond. ...more

#suicideprevention Stay Connected

Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, L'Wren Scott and closer home, Jiah Khan, Anuradha Bali alias Fiza, ...more