The Positives of Social Media: BBC Stories Video

I took part in a BBC Stories video about borderline personality disorder (BPD) and social media with my friend Kathryn. I am so grateful for all of the supportive messages I've received since the video came out earlier this week. It makes me really happy to hear that the video has helped a number of people with BPD feel more seen and less alone. Watch the full video here: [Life with Borderline Personality Disorder (Short Film), BBC] Here is the YouTube video featured at the beginning of the film: [Rosie Cappuccino, YouTube video 'How I Manage My Suicidal Thoughts', 2017] Thank you Benita Barden, Bryony Hopkins and the BBC Stories team for giving me the opportunity to talk on camera. BPD rema

Taking Time To Rest...

This week is half term and as I'm a teacher it's finally time for me to rest. I started a new job as a class teacher in a special school six weeks ago and it has been an incredibly stressful time for me dealing with the change. I have come away for a few days to stay with my best friend and spend time with her. It's time for me to reflect on the change and recharge after a difficult time. The stress of starting a new job caused my mental health to deteriorate for a few weeks. I restarted my antidepressant after talking to my doctor because the stress was giving me suicidal thoughts and intense mood changes. It is helping a lot and I am happy to say that I think this difficult period has ende

The Pain of Criticism

It hurts me right down to my core when I get criticism or feedback. Even feedback given in the kindest manner can be agonising. When someone tells me something that they think I can do better or something that I have done wrongly, I feel taken over by guilt and shame. This guilt and shame can take over me for days and weeks. When this happens, I don't want to relax or have self-compassion because my self-esteem is so low. I feel prickly with embarrassment about what I did, or did not, do. It can affect my sense of self so much that I forget who I am. In the aftermath of criticism or feedback, seeing the bigger picture can be really hard for me. All I seem to see is the detail that relates to

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