Jaya Martin was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in 2006. As a child she was sexually abused by her father for a few years. Jaya does not claim to be a professional in BPD, but what she does have to offer is her own experience of living with BPD, and her journey on the path to recovery. Jaya is undergoing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) as well as individual psychotherapy for her mental illness. She is also on prescribed Anti-Depressants, and Mood Stabilizers.
Jaya has experienced many manifestations of mental illness through the label of BPD, such as; Drug Addictions (amphetamines and marijuana); Major Depression; Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Panic Disorders; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Self-harm; Suicidal ideation and attempts; an Eating Disorder; Mild Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Psychotic Symptoms; and Dissociation.
Jaya commenced her adult life as a singer/songwriter/guitar player, and has now turned to writing as a means of self-expression. Her auto-biography is two thirds complete. Jaya has also written an e-book titled 'Building A Life Worth Living ~ Steps To Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder & Self Destructive Behaviours,' which is in the process of being published as you read this!
Jaya has a Bachelor of Arts Majoring in Popular Music & Performance, as well as a Certificate IV in Community Services. She has also applied to study Journalism and/or Psychology through University in 2011.
Jaya's main goal in life is to help others who may be experiencing mental illness, especially BPD. She firmly believes that recovery IS possible, no matter how illusive it may seem. Although not fully recovered herself, Jaya is well on the way to this goal, and is finding healing through helping herself and others;
"At times I just want to give up. But then I hear my own voice in my head, gently but firmly talking me out of it. It tells me there is a purpose to this madness, and that I must hang around to see what that is. I find meaning through helping others ~ but I can't very well do that if I haven't helped myself! I work to be kind to myself, and to have faith in me and my potential."