Coping Effectively When You have Borderline (BPD) Traits

Do you suffer from the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)? Perhaps you do not meet enough of the criteria to have  BPD diagnosis, but you identify with some of them or have even been told you have BPD traits.   Whatever your situation, the good news is that there is hope.  You can learn skills and techniques to help reduce your suffering and build a life worth living, and you can start in this moment! 

As a person in recovery from BPD who still has traits and is emotionally sensitive, I will be honest and tell you that it won't be easy. It will require determination, hard work, and picking yourself up a number of times along the way. But that's okay.  You deserve to feel better, and you are worth the hard work. I believe in you!

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Richard and C.R. Zwolinksi of the popular Psych Central mental health series Therapy Soup.   Below are links to the five part series, which includes the following topics:

  • Help for Borderline Traits (Introduction)
  • Fear of Abandonment and Rejection
  • Wise Mind to Help You Understand Your Fear of Abandonment
  • Emotional Instability: Help for Borderline Traits 
  • Intense Anger and Radical Acceptance

I recommend reading each section in order, opening in a new window, as the series builds upon itself.

Let me know what you think!  Can you relate to any of the topics I discussed with the Zwolinkskis?  Do you have BPD, Borderline Traits, or do you relate closely with one or more of the symptoms?  What have you been doing to take care of yourself and work on self-care and recovery?

Begin reading here:

Thank you for reading.  I look forward to your thoughts.

More soon.

In kindness,


  1. Thanks for this series, Debbie! So helpful!

    1. You're so welcome, Joyce! Thanks for commenting and sharing!

  2. Debbie, could you please advise if your book Healing from BPD is available in hard copy? I am in Australia, with an adult daughter recently diagnosed. Would appreciate you advising asap ~ thank you so much.

    1. Hello ramblingsfromamum, They are only available electronically, but if you have a smart phone, you can download the Kindle app for free and then can read the book on your device.

      There is also this free download to Kindle PC, which allows you to read Kindle books on your computer:

      Hope this helps!

      P.S. You might also be interested in the online DBT classes I offer at Classes start up in just a couple of weeks. :)

  3. just found this ,hopefully i put his in y favs and it saves it to this page for later



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