Joyce Savage


My name is Joyce. I am 49 years old, married with two kids and two grandchildren. I enjoy writing, photography and baking.

I suffer from/have suffered from: Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Post-Partum Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia, Dermatillomania and Insomnia. I take Cymbalta and Abilify to manage my symptoms. I have recently graduated from therapy after about 15 years. I took a DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) program several years ago to learn how to manage my emotions better. I did a lot better until recently when a lot of stuff happened which is extremely difficult to deal with. I am revisiting my binders from that program and trying to implement those skills as needed.

I feel so alone a lot of the time, like no one can possibly understand what I’m going through. It’s so hard for people without BPD to understand what it’s like. I believe they can, but usually only to a point.

I would like to see things less in black-and-white, and more in lots of colours.

I am in the process of writing a book about Borderline Personality Disorder. I’m not sure what it’s going to be like. I’ll find out as I write it and it comes to me. I’ll find out right along with you as you read it.

Follow my blog on my path to recovery. I hope you will learn more about BPD along with me.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada. I always had a great imagination and I think it influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
My first real writing was some poetry that I wrote in high school. I even had it published in a contest in the local paper, as a sample of their entries. It didn't make honourable mention but I was still very honoured just to have it published.
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Where to find Joyce Savage online


What Is Borderline Personality Disorder? Criteria Explained
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 480. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
I have taken the complex subject of Borderline Personality Disorder and have tried to make it a little more understandable to most readers. Included are some photos that help illustrate the topic. I hope you find it helpful!
Make BPD Stigma-Free
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
I never felt like a real person. Ever since I was little, but especially in my teens, I felt like a shadow: invisible, blending into the darkness. No substance, nothing. Never standing out, except to be bullied at school, which affects me to this day. I’m ready to come out of the shadows and tell my story now. I hope you learn about it and help me fight stigma and raise awareness.

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Smashwords book reviews by Joyce Savage

  • Healing From Borderline Personality Disorder: My Journey Out of Hell Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy on March 01, 2013

    I devoured this book by the next day! I've been reading a lot about BPD lately, but in her book, I found things that I have never heard anywhere else. I hope that many more people order this book for themselves, loved ones, organizations, EVERYONE! We need to raise awareness of BPD and get rid of the stigma surrounding it. I hope to one day write my own story. I'm so inspired by you Debbie! Keep up the good work with your book and your blog. Keep writing and reaching out to people!
  • Tears in the Sun on April 23, 2015

    As someone in recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder, I didn't care for this book at all. Lacey's mother is portrayed a violent. Most people with BPD would rather harm themselves than someone else.
  • Stop Sabotaging: A 31 Day DBT Challenge to Change Your Life on April 23, 2015

    Debbie has done it again! She has done an amazing job of gathering together in one place several DBT skills and made them into an impressive challenge. If you follow this 31-day challenge, it will change your life. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with this book. I highly recommend it to anyone suffering from BPD, or in recovery and wanting to continue to practice the skills.
  • The Silent Skin You Live In. Living with Borderline Personality Disorder. on April 23, 2015

    Mr. McGregor does an excellent job of describing the different facets of his personality. As someone in recovery from BPD, I found it shows what it can be like to live with this disorder every day.