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I think that many of us with BPD or in recovery struggle with being codependent. Here is a very helpful article:
My sister is now married! The wedding went very well. My sister looked beautiful in her gown. I danced with the Best Man and didn’t do too bad I guess, considering that I’d never danced before in my entire life. I even danced with the groom.
In other news, my daughter had her baby yesterday! A little boy. I’m not sure how much he weighed. He was premature. He wasn’t supposed to be born until around the 1st to the 3rd of August. He’ll need to stay in the hospital for about 8 weeks. I didn’t get a chance to see him, but I did get to see my daughter for a few minutes. I didn’t stay too long, as she needed some rest. I’ll get to see my newest grandson another day. I hadn’t slept the night before so I was so exhausted yesterday. I slept well last night.
Hope everyone is having a great June so far. Till next time,
National surveys of consumer and carer lived experience with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder – Mental Health Carers NSW
Inspired by a comment made by a friend on her facebook page, I wanted to address the difficulty of finding a balance between self-soothing and running away from emotional pain. I also wanted to write about what it actually means to self-soothe.
Self-soothing is about allowing yourself to experience any uncomfortable emotions by using healthy techniques to comfort and restore balance. Successful self-soothing doesn’t mean that you make the feelings more intense. It means that you will eventually enable the emotions to pass. Self-soothing is about tolerating an uncomfortable experience, without acting in ways that are not helpful in the long run. This is when running away from emotional pain comes in. If you choose to block your emotions or run from them, this will then make the emotions grow in intensity or come out in ways you didn’t intend in the future.
Running away from emotional pain looks like…
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Yesterday I went to the grocery store. As per usual I parked in my normal row, the correct distance from a cart drop off spot, walked next to the same crosswalk I always do, through the same door and to the left as always. With my compulsive requirements met I was able to grab the two items I needed. Then half way to check out I began to panic. I was very suddenly concerned that the cash option of self checkout would be down and, as I was using cash, I would need to go speak to a person to pay. I wasn’t prepared for that.
So what happened? I’ve been doing so well, feeling stable, what changed? Well, nothing changed. The fact is “stable” doesn’t mean symptom free, or at least for me it doesn’t. It means my symptoms are dulled, and my mind more clear. The combination of…
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Episode #78: Transform Emotions into Power, Not Overeating, with Melody Wilding, MSW – Truce with Food by Ali Shapiro
Identity disturbance is a common symptom of BPD. People are always telling me to “do what makes me happy” or asking “what do you want out of life?”. Advising me that only when I listen to what I want and include meaningful activity in my life will I behappy.
But how do you do this when you don’t know who you are? And I don’t mean, like the “normal” level, where “everyone feels that way” (I hear this all the time). I mean like in a way where, if I’m not wearing a mask of some kind there is purely and simply a void of emptinessbeneath. I might just disappear. Cease to be.
Cognitively and through therapy I know that not to be true, but the search for “who I am” still consumes my every waking moment in a way that makes me doubt existence…
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