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Alma Johnston
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Former Probation Officer, Teacher. Suffer from BPD learning to live with it using DBT skills.
Former Probation Officer, Teacher. Suffer from BPD learning to live with it using DBT skills.

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Taking the 'PIP' (Part 3) Relapse
Relapse. There it is. In black and white. After nearly three years of slow progress towards a semblance of stability, in March I found myself referred to the Single Point of Access by my GP, following what felt like a major setback. I'm avoiding the term 'b...

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Oceans of Emotions
I've always loved water. Being in it, on it and under it. I've enjoyed swimming in all kinds of swimming pools, beautiful Victorian bath houses with cold little cubicles, my modesty sheltered by Circus tent-striped curtains, modern circular 'fun' pools, aim...

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Taking the 'PIP' (part 2 - My New Life on the Rubbish Heap)
In the past two months I have had my income slashed by 2/3. Let that sink in. I have been assessed by the DWP as being unable to return to paid work due to the impact of my condition. But the same department have decided that I am not sufficiently incapable...

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Taking the 'PIP'
Two weeks notice then I lose a third of my welfare payments. It is the promised one third cut to disability payments as a result of the ongoing welfare reforms. Those who have followed this blog for any length of time will be aware that the first half of t...

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Words (and their impact on Recovery)
'The verb is 'to crown'!' As I write I am shouting at a journalist, supposedly an artful practitioner of our language, telling me that someone is on in the process of being 'coronated'! Grrrrr. I would not call myself a grammatical tyrant, but really folks,...

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On Superheroes, Mindreading and BPD
I have just completed a week in which I transformed myself into a superhero. The hardest part was to come up with my 'superpower' - in the end I opted for the title 'SuperConfused' with my super power being the ability to sow confusion wherever I went. It w...

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The WCA, My Recovery and Me (Part Two)
Two months after the upset caused by the process of filling in and sending off the form (ESA50) (http://bpdlifeinthemoment.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-wca-my-recovery-and-me.html) and five months after the initial letter landed on my doorstep, another offici...

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Bridging the Gulf
I was in a crowded room. I knew a large number of people there. I had managed some conversations and got myself a cup of tea. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed by an all pervading sense of alienation and aloneness. I have experienced such floods of negative emoti...

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How Safe is Your Church for Me?
A couple of weeks ago I gave a talk at Lancashire Roofbreakers. The group was set up just over a year ago and was originally called the Lancashire Churches Disability Network, which was quite a mouthful! For those who may be wondering where the new name com...
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