HOUSTON, Jan. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanks to generous donors, the Meehl Foundation will offer the Winfield Scholarship to one deserving individual in 2015; valued at $17,400, the scholarship amounts to one-half the cost of a 90-day residential program at the Meehl House. The funds will go toward treatment of an ongoing mood disorder with co-occurring Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD.
"In choosing a recipient for the Winfield Scholarship, we will give special consideration to young women with children who have sustained physical or emotional trauma or who have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder," explained Debra Meehl, co-creator of the Meehl Foundation. "Our mission is to help those with BPD regain control of their feelings and their lives."
Characterized by abnormal reactions to emotional stimulation, BPD affects every aspect of daily life. An individual with BPD becomes emotionally aroused more quickly, peaks at a higher level and takes longer to settle back to equilibrium. Profound fears of abandonment and inappropriate outbursts of anger are common. Likewise, impulsive and destructive behaviors, such as excessive spending, drug use, binge eating, risky sex and self-harm may result from efforts to avoid feelings of abandonment.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) has shown particular success helping those with BPD overcome challenges – up to 87% of patients respond well to DBT. A thorough discussion of the Meehl House program for the treatment of BPD is available here.
Added Meehl: "Our team has extensive knowledge and experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an approach that gives those with mood and personality disorders a toolkit for successfully navigating stress and frustration, whatever the source."
Applicants for the Winfield Scholarship must meet the DSM IV criteria for BPD without psychosis, possess a sincere desire to change, make a 90-day commitment to the program and follow an ongoing therapy plan once the residential program is complete. To begin the process, applicants can contact the Meehl Foundation at [email protected].
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Meehl Foundation was created to honor the memory of Maureen J. Meehl, a young mother of four whose life was tragically cut short. The foundation operates the Meehl House, a place of sanctuary, healing and hope for those grappling with debilitating mood and personality disorders.
About The Meehl Foundation
Mark and Debra Meehl created the Meehl Foundation and the Meehl House to give those struggling with mood disorders a holistic plan to achieve balance in their lives. A residential treatment facility located on the Gulf Coast in Brazoria, the Meehl House serves Texas and surrounding states.
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.
SOURCE Meehl Foundation