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In the Media

Speaker’s Stories | Behind the Scenes: Amanda Wang

By Nick Morgan, Public Words, July 2010.
Some speakers’ stories are so compelling, that you want them to be widely heard just for the cause alone. When that speaker can also tell her story well, you have an irresistible combination. That’s the case with Amanda Wang…
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When Passion Is the Enemy

By Molly Raskin, Scientific American Mind, July 2010.
Four years ago Amanda Wang, then 27 years old, was at a rehearsal dinner for a close friend. At the start of the evening, she felt content, eager to enjoy the wedding ­festivities. But shortly after she sat down to dinner, she was struck by “a tidal wave” of negative emotions. Her mind began to race with disturbing thoughts about her own marriage, which was unstable, and feelings of self-loathing.
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One Woman’s Crusade for Awareness, Healing and Inspiration

By Pam Slim, Escape From Cubicle Nation, June 7, 2010.
There is a reason Rocky has stuck in our consciousness for a few decades. It feels great to watch someone faced with adversity dig deep and win one for all of us. Amanda Wang’s fight has all the great elements of Rocky with an added twist.
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Advocacy for Borderline Disorder is Tough with No “Warm Fuzzies” or Celebs to Offer

By Amanda Smith, Psychology Today: Stop Walking On Eggshels Blog, May 19, 2010.
What happens when our only role models are vengeful, fragile, or masochistic? What happens when no one diagnosed with the disorder has the courage to even talk about it and then is able to come out and tell others, “I recovered and so can you!”
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Fatal Flaws: Why Therapists Don’t Want Clients with BPD

By Patricia Nicholson
Cross Currents Magazine: The Journal for Addiction & Mental Health, Spring 2010 | Vol 13 No 3.
Rita Mohan spent years seeking treatment for her daughter Lisa’s borderline personality disorder (BPD). During that time, two health care providers told her that BPD was not a psychiatric condition. Security guards escorted Lisa from a hospital when a doctor accused her of faking symptoms. Eventually, Lisa was greeted with irritation rather than compassion at the emergency room.
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Borderline Personality Disorder:  Stories of Hope

By Jim & Diane Hall, NAMI Advocate, 2009.
Boderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is an illness that centers on the struggle to manage emotions: the symptoms include chaotic relationships, rage, self harm, fears of abandonment and substance abuse… Through awareness, persons diagnosed and in treatment for BPD are leading an active mission of hope. There are now many outstanding individuals in BPD recovery leading organizations and movements to educate the public and dispel the stigma and biases about this illness based on decades of misinformation.
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