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Saturday, September 30th, 2017

 

Amber tells of her battle against this misunderstood mental illness

BEHIND Amber Foy’s beautiful blonde hair, 100-watt smile and intelligence is a young girl battling an incredibly misunderstood mental illness. Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder a few years ago, it means that on any given day, at any time, the 19-year-old can overreact to something completely trivial. She has complete meltdowns and can inflict physical injuries on herself. “The best way I can describe it is absolute chaos,” she said. “For a while I feel like I’m holding on to my emotions and sense of self and reality. “After aRead More


The Differences Between Highly Sensitive People and Empaths

As a psychiatrist and an empath, I often get asked, “What is the difference between empaths and highly sensitive people?” Following are the similarities and areas of overlap. (I also devote a section of The Empath’s Survival Guide to this important distinction.) Empaths share all the traits of what Dr. Elaine Aron has called “Highly Sensitive People,” or HSPs. These include: a low threshold for stimulation; the need for alone time; sensitivity to light, sound, and smell; and an aversion to large groups. It also takes highly sensitive people longer to wind down after aRead More


10 Signs It’s Narcissistic Abuse

Kristen Seaman Writer Relationship abuse can come in many forms and – while not always the case – often happens because of an underlying issue or psychological diagnosis. One diagnosis is narcissism, where the individual suffers from an idealized image of themselves, a lack of empathy and a pathological craving for admiration. While a lot of symptoms of abuse overlap among the different forms, the following signs may indicate narcissistic abuse. He makes you feel delusional Gaslighting is a common sign of abuse: when your partner tries to invalidate your feelings and makesRead More