Triggers from Long, Long Ago (and How I coped)

It’s been a while since my last post. Sometimes I didn’t write because I was doing so well. Other times I didn’t write because I felt that I was doing so terribly. Since yesterday, I’ve been thinking about what the original intention of this blog was: self-therapy and hopefully to, in some way, encourage or […]

Don’t Rob Yourself Now (Childhood Abuse & Borderline Personality Disorder)

In my Distress Tolerance DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) class today, one of my classmates said that her distress this week was triggered by something she read in a self-help book. According to her, she had been doing very well, feeling stable and upbeat, and her reaction to what she read really took her aback. The […]

Vigil for a Nameless Cat – Using my DBT Skills in The Real World

Please note: This post contains some potentially triggering imagery. Listen to your heart, mind, and spirit as to whether you can handle reading it. I’ll warn you when I am about to get to that part… I’ve been hearing the word “Mastery” a lot from the doctor who runs the DBT groups that I attend […]

Does DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Work? My Story: A Case Study

I am currently attending two DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) classes per week. One is an ongoing group/class that goes through the four major skill sets: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The other just focuses on the Distress Tolerance skill set. Things have been going well. Before DBT, I felt as if I […]

Crisis Averted! More Success Using DBT Skills (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

A few days ago, I had the trigger of all triggers. Deep seated in my psyche are some serious fears and insecurites around abandonment and being alone. My situation is not unique. In fact, according to the DSM (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by psychology and psychiatry professionals), one of the top criteria for diagnosing […]

ABC News Article ft. Dr. LeslieBeth Wish on Casey Anthony: Borderline Personality Disorder?

As someone who is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, who is doing her best to honestly share her experience and help break down negative and inaccurate stigmas about the illness (and mental illness in general), I was alarmed, disappointed, and concerned when, after watching a video by another young mental health advocate and BPD-diagnosed woman, […]

Making Mistakes! (We all do it.)

I was just challenged immensely on an emotional level just as I was getting ready to celebrate and share my recent success of using some of the DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills I have been learning. This post revolves around my recently noticing an increased ability to cope and deal with the emotions that arise when I realize […]

Celebrate Every Bit of Progress – Success with DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Those of us with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), and those who know and love us, are all too familiar with how we are quick to notice, point out, and dwell upon the things we do “wrong.”  As we explore in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), we learn to be less judgmental and more understanding of ourselves […]

Be Like a Baby – DBT Mindfulness Skill

A few weeks ago in my weekly DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group, the doctor asked us all to place one hand flat on the table and leave it there. About 30 seconds later, she asked us about our experiences – specifically, she asked if we started to describe the experience.I certainly had. My mind is […]

Easily Influenced? A Borderline’s Struggle with Identity

I’m not sure if other people with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) feel this way or can relate, but I am pretty easily influenced.  I might hear a strong opinion that radically differs from the one I had been holding until that moment and be swayed completely.  I am not trying to say that I am gullible, an idiot, […]