“The Boom Boom Retreat” – Growing up with borderline personality disorder


Angry. Strange. Lonely – these are all words that describe Talya Lewis as a little girl and teen. Today, she knows she has borderline personality disorder – but growing up in the 70s and 80s, there was little help and treatment available. Lewis spent many years in psychiatric hospitals – and describes her experiences as well as her eventual recovery in her new memoir, The Boom Boom Retreat. Lewis is now a psychoanalytic fellow with her own private peer-consulting practice. Also joining us is Edie Mannion, manager and co-founder of the Training and Education Center (TEC) at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania (MHASP). Mannion and Lewis offer workshops focusing on trauma, depression and personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder. Mannion runs support groups for families and will talk about their needs and coping strategies.

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