We Are Not Monsters | Borderline Personality Disorder

A tweet from a twitter friend today confirmed that I needed to write this post. She came across a BPD hate website, apparently written by ex-lovers of people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Although I haven’t personally read the site (nor do I want to), as a person who lives with, copes with, and who is […]

Blank Global Assessment Functioning Form (AOQ)

Some of my readers have asked for a blank copy of this Global Assessment Functioning form, so I have uploaded a blank one here for you.  The clinic where I attend DBT classes has us fill one of these out every week before class. Here is one that I recently filled out: You can click […]

Moodiness & Mood Swings | Borderline Personality Disorder

I hate it when I feel this way.  For those of you who are in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), you probably, like me, recognize the word “hate” as being very strong and extreme. When I’ve used it in the past with my psychiatrist, she said, “Why don’t you try describing how you feel with a […]

Sensory Overload: Reigning In Emotions Using DBT

I went on a beautiful walk with my boyfriend today. It wasn’t very warm out, but we were dressed for it.  I enjoyed the feeling of moving, since I’m trying to be less sedentary and more active. I enjoyed the sights and sounds.  At one point though, I began to notice that I felt disconnected […]

Jealous, Insecure Inner Child at Work | Listening To Her Concerns

It started out with physical sensations.  My neck and shoulders hurt. My jaw had a sharp pain right at the hinges. I felt a headache coming on. It was all out of nowhere, really, but it was all very familiar. Usually I would get these symptoms if I had spent all day hunchback over the […]

No Longer The Victim | Protecting My Inner Child (Sexual Harassment at Work)

Today at work my boss made some really inappropriate comments to me in front of other staff members. It’s been ongoing lately, and it is really upsetting.  I like my part-time job. It’s my source of income, and I enjoy the work. I don’t need this kind of stress.Years ago, in a situation like this, […]

DBT | Practicing the “Non-Judgmentally” Emotion Regulation Skill

I had the opportunity to practice the DBT Emotion Regulation skill of Non-Judgment today in a tangible way that actually made sense. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, and for days, I’ve been fantasizing about just spending a weekday lazing around, hanging out in bed, and not even leaving the house.The thoughts that […]

DBT Diary Cards | Why I Fill Them Out

Yesterday in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) class, I felt a bit like the teacher’s pet. When the doctor asked who had filled out their Diary Cards, I was the only one to raise my hand (which made made me feel a little embarrassed, but to be honest, I liked the look of approval from our therapist.) […]