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Self-care tips for BPD

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Originally posted on patientfromhell:


These tips from the charity Mind have been circulating around twitter and I’ve been quite surprised by the polarised reactions to them.

To be honest if somebody had shown this to me 5 years ago I would have ranted and raged over it and completely disregarded it as rubbish, as patronising to my level of distress and generally showing a misunderstanding of my illness. A similar reaction to the common crisis line responses of ‘go for a walk’ ‘have a bath’ or ‘have a cup of tea’

I use similar techniques to survive and to buy time when the need to self harm has become so overwhelming it is impossible to see any alternative.

This is how I would use survival tips:

In an extreme crisis where self harm feels like the only option if my life is to continue, I am completely malfunctioning to the point that I am…

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“Hunger, filth, fear and death”: remembering life before the NHS

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Originally posted on ukgovernmentwatch:

2014_43_nhs2Grim up north: Harry Leslie Smith grew up in coal-mining Barnsley, Yorkshire. Photo: Getty

“At the beginning of my life, affordable health care was out of reach for much of the population. A doctor’s visit could cost the equivalent of half a week’s wages, so most people relied on good fortune rather than medical advice to see them safely through an illness. But luck and guile went only so far and many lives were snatched away before they had a chance to start. The wages of the ordinary worker were at a mere subsistence level and therefore medicine or simple rest was out of the question for many people.”

GW:  Oliver “NHS will not exist under the Tories” Letwin and Jeremy Hunt wish to take us back to this grim distant past.  Don’t let them get away with it folks.

14 October 2011

Gaffney Letwin Caught Throwing…

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The affordability crisis in social housing

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Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

IF the Conservatives know the inevitable consequences of their social housing policies THEN they are deliberately setting out to destroy the social housing model. 

IF the Conservatives do not realise the inevitable destruction their policies will cause then there is hope for the benefit cap and pay more to stay to be changed.

Little if any hope can be held out for a change in Conservatives right to buy policy as giving housing association tenants the same right as council tenants is a powerful basis for selling RTB2 to tenants, landlords, political opponents and the general public. Much has been written on RTB2 and much more will be yet the overt and sole focus on it is deeply worrying as the benefit cap and pay more to stay really do create a radical change and they both centre on affordability

In short:

  • What tenant household types can afford social…

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Signs That You’ve Been Abused by a Narcissist

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Very interesting piece! Many of these types are employers too….

Originally posted on After Narcissistic Abuse:



Do you recognize that you’re doubting yourself more than you ever have before?

Victims of narcissistic abuse often appear uncertain of themselves, constantly seeking clarification that they haven’t made a mistake or misheard something.

This reactive adaptation to narcissistic abuse is because the narcissist is ALWAYS finger pointing and shifting blame to YOU for ALL of the ups & downs both in the relationship AND in the narcissist’s personal psyche.
Because this relationship has NON EXISTENT boundaries, you will find YOURSELF constantly PUT UPON and FORCED to accept responsibility for things you didn’t do or say. This borrowed humiliation and shame is exactly what the narcissist intends for the victim to take from the narcissist. Their own unfelt core of shame.



Just refer to the above explanation of self doubt and boundary transgression if you want to understand the CONFUSION that is part and…

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#WRAG2ruin – Response to Budget ESA cuts

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Originally posted on Jane Young:

As widely trailed in the general election campaign and in the run-up to budget day, the Chancellor’s Summer 2015 budget included devastating cuts to social security and tax credits, effectively summarised by Disability Rights UK. Despite Osborne’s oft-repeated assurances, in both this and the last Parliament, that disability benefits would be excluded from cuts, there is much in the budget to cause deep concern for disabled people.  As in previous rounds of cuts, this is because disabled people rely as much, if not more than non-disabled people, on “mainstream” benefits – such as housing benefit and tax credits.

However, this time the Chancellor also let his axe fall on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA, which replaced Incapacity Benefit), for disabled claimants or claimants with a long term health condition/chronic illness who are unable to work. Under the Welfare Reform and Work Bill (link is to background…

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