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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder

Dissociation is a common struggle faced by many people living with Borderline Personality Disorder and other mental illnesses. Dissociation is an umbrella term given to a wide range of symptoms that are defined by a feeling of disconnection, either from oneself or from the world.

Feeling low levels of these symptoms from time to time may be considered “normative”. For example, the average person might experience feelings of being on ‘autopilot’ whilst driving a car every so often, or they might find themselves a little spacey due to fatigue or stress once in a while.

However, if the symptoms are regular and recurring, and significantly affect someone’s functioning and wellbeing, dissociative symptoms may be indicative of an underling problem.

These symptoms manifest in a number of ways and to different degrees depending on the person. Dissociative symptoms exist on a spectrum, and because of the uniqueness of each person’s experiences…

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Borderline Personality Disorder @ The RedHouse Cymru, Merthyr Tydfil – 27 OCT 2017


Source: Borderline Personality Disorder @ The RedHouse Cymru, Merthyr Tydfil – 27 OCT 2017

Kick-off for May BPD Awareness Month: “Beyond Borderline: True Stories of Recovery.” A reading from one of the personal story authors. Saturday April 29th Barnes and Noble White Plains, New York – Borderline Personality Disorder


Source: Kick-off for May BPD Awareness Month: “Beyond Borderline: True Stories of Recovery.” A reading from one of the personal story authors. Saturday April 29th Barnes and Noble White Plains, New York – Borderline Personality Disorder

Family and Friends Class – Understanding & Coping When a Loved One Has Borderline Personality Disorder at Pine Rest Northwest Clinic, Walker


Source: Family and Friends Class – Understanding & Coping When a Loved One Has Borderline Personality Disorder at Pine Rest Northwest Clinic, Walker

Borderline Personality Disorder / #insidemyhead


Through Those Hazel Eyes

Hi, I’m Louise and I have Borderline Personality Disorder.

This is the first time I’ve publicly admitted that this disorder is what I have. My close friends and family know but unless I’ve told you, you’ve probably haven’ noticed. So I’m just going to go through the basics with you.

* BPD affects 5.9% of adults (about 14 million Americans) at some time in their life*

What is Borderline Personality Disorder/ BPD (for short)?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that centers on the inability to manage emotions effectively. The disorder occurs in the context of relationships: sometimes all relationships are affected, sometimes only one. It usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood.
Most people who have BPD suffer from problems regulating their emotions and thoughts, impulsive and sometimes reckless behavior, and unstable relationships.

A person with BPD may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety…

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The 10 Lessons of Childhood Emotional Neglect | Childhood Emotional Neglect


Source: The 10 Lessons of Childhood Emotional Neglect | Childhood Emotional Neglect

3 Tips for Helping Patients Struggling with Self-Injury | Psych Central Professional


Source: 3 Tips for Helping Patients Struggling with Self-Injury | Psych Central Professional

Fluctuations in Mindfulness Occur with Fluctuations in Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms. | Contemplative Studies


Source: Fluctuations in Mindfulness Occur with Fluctuations in Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms. | Contemplative Studies

Institute of Psychiatry arranges lecture on Borderline Personality Disorder | Islamabad | thenews.com.pk


Source: Institute of Psychiatry arranges lecture on Borderline Personality Disorder | Islamabad | thenews.com.pk

Are You Running From Yourself? | Childhood Emotional Neglect


Source: Are You Running From Yourself? | Childhood Emotional Neglect

Mouse Does DBT: ‘What’ Skills | The Upside Down Chronicles


Source: Mouse Does DBT: ‘What’ Skills | The Upside Down Chronicles

Patrick faces battle within | The Daily Advertiser


Source: Patrick faces battle within | The Daily Advertiser

Five ways to Support the Highly Sensitive Personality. | elephant journal


Source: Five ways to Support the Highly Sensitive Personality. | elephant journal

Five Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention


Source: Five Free Mindfulness Apps Worthy of Your Attention

Managing Emotions: Making Choices to Cope | Anger Management


Source: Managing Emotions: Making Choices to Cope | Anger Management

My 11 top tips on getting happy – The Muddled Mother


Source: My 11 top tips on getting happy – The Muddled Mother

5 Signs You Unknowingly Grew Up With Borderline Personality Disorder – Mystical Raven


Source: 5 Signs You Unknowingly Grew Up With Borderline Personality Disorder – Mystical Raven

Mouse Does DBT: The Wise Mind


The Upside Down Chronicles

Welcome to a brand new blog series- “Mouse Does DBT”. DBT skills explained by mice!

A cartoon drawing of a white mouse sitting on a blue seat. Mouse holds a tiny toy mouse in her paws and has a thought bubble above her head with grey lines through it. It looks like TV static. Image copyrighted- UpsideDownChroniclesMouse has been having trouble with her thoughts. Sometimes she’s too high and hyper, others she is too depressed to move. Sometimes she is neither, but she is always incredibly anxious. So mouse was referred to DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy) and after some assessments and a waiting list she was finally invited to join group and 1:1 therapy.

Mouse was really nervous about coming into the group. In fact she wasn’t even sure if it would help. She was given a cup of tea and then she just listened to the conversations of people coming in and sitting down.A picture of mouse sitting on a blue chair. Inside the outline of mouse's body is grass, a snow topped mountain and a blue sky. A sun is rising behind peaceful mouse's ears. Copyright- UpsideDownChronicles.

The group starts with a Mindfulness exercise. At the sound of a chime the group’s leader began to slowly read a relaxation exercise for everyone to follow. You had to imagine you were a mountain standing strong…

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The Deadly Stigma Surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder – Affinity Magazine


Source: The Deadly Stigma Surrounding Borderline Personality Disorder – Affinity Magazine

Same, but Different


Not everyone with Borderline Personality Disorder is alike.  There are 256 different ways to have BPD.  But I think that many of the different ways that BPD manifests itself comes from the same places.  For example, not everyone with BPD has anger issues.  But some people with BPD turn their anger inwards into depression – “quiet borderlines”.  They seem to be totally different but their symptoms come from the same thing – anger, either shown outwardly or turned inwards into depression.

I’ve heard some people have said “You can’t be Borderline, you don’t rage like Borderlines do.”  That may be because their anger is turned inwards into depression.  These people may be misdiagnosed or totally missed for years or even decades.  For about two decades, I suffered in silence.  I didn’t know what was wrong with me.  I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.  It wasn’t until I finally received my diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder that I started getting the right treatment and started getting better.  I did Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for a year.  I have been in recovery since 2006.  I didn’t even find out about “quiet borderlines” until years after leaving DBT, in 2013, through my own research.

What do you think?  Do you think that many of the symptoms of BPD that seem unrelated actually come from the same place?  Are they just manifested differently?  Have you ever heard of “Quiet Borderlines”?  Would you like to share your experience?  If so, please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you!

Till next time,

— Joyce.

Geeks Vs Loneliness: being lonely on purpose | Den of Geek


Source: Geeks Vs Loneliness: being lonely on purpose | Den of Geek

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Impulsivity


Source: Borderline Personality Disorder and Impulsivity

Journey vs Destination


Find Your Healthy

I’ve recently come to view recovery as a journey rather than a destination.

When we view recovery as a destination we can so easily become disheartened and hopeless. We see recovery as this elusive goal of happiness, an impossible reality. And who wants to continue striving and working towards the impossible? I know I sure as hell don’t want to and I’m guessing you don’t want to either.

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Why Do You Ruminate? And 3 Steps to Stop It | Childhood Emotional Neglect


Source: Why Do You Ruminate? And 3 Steps to Stop It | Childhood Emotional Neglect