You and Me and BPD is a work in progress; as we all are. Hosted by Stephanie, a person living with Borderline Personality Disorder and Social Anxiety, You and Me and BPD is a look into the highs and lows of living with this often confusing mental illness. Episodes will vary, ranging from anecdotal stories to interviews to how meditation can help with intrusive thoughts, along with sharing some of the very real struggles of how to live in a world that often feels disconnected from the one we create in our heads.
Feel free to suggest episode ideas or reach out on my Instagram @journey.bound
Diagnosis & Next Steps
In this episode, I tackle the topic of receiving a diagnosis of BPD and some of the next steps you can take once you have been diagnosed. In my opinion, a diagnosis is a way to gain clarity of why you are the way you are so that you can decide what you want to work on to better yourself and your life. This suggestion was given to me by someone who listens to the podcast so I really appreciate being able to talk about my experience and give you some guidance of how you can begin to explore this world of mental illness. As always, reach out on my Instagram @journey.bound if you have any suggestions, comments, or just want to talk.
In this episode, I talk about my experiences with Tik Tok and Instagram; as well as how social media can impact a person's perception of themselves and having BPD. To be completely honest, I don't like social media very much because I've struggled a lot with finding my voice and dealing with the constant regret I have after posting something to my platforms, but we are social animals and sometimes it's nice to find community online. As always, reach out on Instagram @journey.bound or now Tik Tok I guess @journey.bound if you have any comments, questions, or recommendations for future episodes. Hope this helps you in some way.
Black and White Thinking
In this episode, I address the phenomenon of Black and White thinking (also known as splitting in therapeutic settings). I tried to address how it affects our way of looking at the world, some tips for how to identify this kind of viewpoint of life, and where this type of thinking might originate from. Black and White thinking can be extremely hard to navigate and understand so please take the time to do more research if this sounds like something you are struggling with. As always, reach out on my Instagram @journey.bound if you want to talk or have any episode ideas.
In this episode I try to break down the main causes of Stigma for those living with Mental Illnesses and how stigma within the healthcare system can often lead to a misdiagnosis of BPD. I touch on how mainstream media views those living with BPD as well as some of the gendered stigma associated with receiving this diagnosis. As always, if you want to get in touch, reach out to me on Instagram @journey.bound if you have an episode idea or just want to talk. Breaking the stigma around Mental Health disorders means many different things to many different people but since this is a podcast specifically about BPD, I tried to centre on the research and experience of this specific mental illness.
A Lack of Motivation
In this episode I wanted to address the common feelings of inferiority, lack of motivation, and low self esteem that many of us live with. Sometimes it can feel like we are in a battle against the world or our ideas of self, but I hope with this episode you know that you are not alone in those struggles; I hope you can see that we are all just trying to find a way to accept ourselves and each other more, despite the flaws we may have. This podcast is a way for me to unpack my own feelings while also starting conversations with those who might not be able to speak up so loudly about their own experiences. Please reach out on my Instagram @journey.bound if you want to talk or have any ideas/opinions about what future episodes I can make. I hope that we can find community in our shared experiences.
Wellness Checks & The Police
In this episode, I get emotional talking about the recent killings of Ejaz Chaudry, Chantel Moore, and Regis Korchinski-Paquet during wellness checks across Canada. I don’t want to cause any political tension in my podcasts because I believe it is important to let people think for themselves, but these recent deaths should be a topic of conversation in the community of mental health awareness. I also mention suicide so please be warned if that is triggering to you; however it is an important topic to discuss so I will be making a whole episode about BPD and suicide later on. If you need to talk or want to connect, please reach out to my Instagram @journey.bound because I want you to know that you are not alone in whatever you feel.