Meehl Foundation Offers $17,400 Winfield Scholarship for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

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December 13, 2014

Houston -- The Meehl Foundation is offering one $17,400.00 scholarship through the generous donation of the Winfield Scholarship for the treatment of an occurring mood disorder with Borderline Personality Disorder. This scholarship pays for half of the total cost, $34,800.00 of the 90-day treatment at the Meehl Foundation Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) residential program.

The Maureen J Meehl Bipolar/BPD Foundation is a 501c3 foundation that receives donations throughout the year. Maureen J Meehl was a young mother with four young children when her life was cut short. Special consideration for young mothers with children will be given for these scholarships. The Meehl Foundation was established to provide healing, hope and a place of sanctuary for people who suffer from PTSD, and for the ones who have been under severe mental stress and suffering from mood and personality disorders.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a maladaptive coping style that has up to an 87% success treatment rate using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Basically, DBT maintains that some people, due to genetic predisposition and environment, react abnormally to emotional stimulation. Their level of arousal goes up much more quickly, peaks at a higher level, and takes more time to return to normal. People with BPD experience intense abandonment fears and inappropriate anger. Their frantic efforts to avoid abandonment may include impulsive actions such as cutting, burning, self-mutilation and suicidal behaviors. Some people with BPD exhibit other impulsive behaviors, such as excessive spending, binge eating and risky sex. BPD often occurs together with other psychiatric problems, particularly bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and other personality disorders.

The Meehl Foundations' "Intensively trained DBT Team" will give special consideration to applicants with children who have sustained some trauma or have PTSD. Any person applying for the scholarship must meet the DSM IV criteria for BPD without psychosis. All candidates must have a willingness to change, make a 90-day commitment to the program, and be willing to see a psychiatrist and follow a treatment plan. Applicants may contact the Meehl Foundation at to request an intake application, once financial need is established a $2000.00 deposit holds the next treatment opportunity. The next availability is January 3, 2015.

The Meehl House currently offers the only transitional residential home specializing in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy that is an "Amen Brain Healthy Treatment Program" for clients with bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, depression and substance abuse. Living in a supportive environment with Mark and Debra, residents learn new skills for achieving and maintaining emotional regulation with access to the Meehl Foundation Intensively Trained DBT Team. Clients develop distress tolerance skills and learn how to take control of their thoughts and their actions. YouTube

Debra Meehl speaks at national conferences around the U.S. on the topic "Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder with Substance Abuse." She teaches, works, and lives the Dialectical Behavioral principles, while operating The Meehl Foundation.