Fitness to Practice as a Student with a Disability

Speaking as someone who had a few Fitness to Practice reviews while doing my undergrad, and am now facing one as a postgrad, I know how terrifying this process can be. And it can evoke a lot of anger and resentment towards uni too, and that’s important to acknowledge, but use that to fuel your passion further! I wanted to take a couple of minutes to talk through how I prepared for my FtP reviews Continue reading Fitness to Practice as a Student with a Disability

My distress checklist for Carers, Partners, Family and Friends

Being in a relationship with someone who has BPD is hard. It requires a lot of thinking on your feet. A lot of open communication and forgiveness on both sides.
I frequently get angry at my husband when he says or does something that is triggering for me. It takes a lot of trial and error to work out those triggers. It takes understanding that “silly triggers” such as him “slamming the microwave door” can send me into the flight, fight or freeze mode. In these situations, my husband and I use this framework to know what to do next. I have also sent this framework to several loved ones so they too are knowledgeable in helping someone in distress. Continue reading My distress checklist for Carers, Partners, Family and Friends

Grieving for someone who is alive

Her smell, her embrace, her laugh, her seriousness, her favourite colour, her jewellery, our jokes, our late night sleep overs. I remember how much I loved her, how intensely I needed her acceptance, validation and her friendship. I remember making promises of a life time of friendship and jokes of being an “aunty” to her children. I remember how afraid I was of losing her… … Continue reading Grieving for someone who is alive

OT for BPD needs You

Do you have something you want to share? Big or small we care 💚 OTforBPD would love to share your clinical experience, lived experience, research, projects, student experience and strategies for living with a mental illness. You don’t need to be an OT and you certainly don’t need to have BPD. Looking forward to hearing from you 💕 Please contact Laura via otforbpd@gmail.com This content is for members … Continue reading OT for BPD needs You

Occupational Therapy and the PD Stigma

This is an open letter to colleagues far and wide, in the UK and across the pond. With an estimated 1 in 4 adults having a diagnosable mental health condition, chances are not only will a portion of your caseload have a mental illness, but there’s odds that so will some of your colleagues. I am 1 in 4. You would think that, given our … Continue reading Occupational Therapy and the PD Stigma