Discharge Planning: The Evolution of this Blog (Borderline Personality Disorder)

What does it mean to have Borderline Personality Disorder, and what does it mean to “heal,” or do the work to be considered in “recovery”?  These are the questions I’ve asked myself over the years as I’ve grown and evolved publicly on the pages of this blog. A few years ago, my life was a […]

Say “NO” to “Non” and Anti BPD Websites (Borderline Personality Disorder)

Did you know that May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness month?  While it’s BPD month all year round here at Healing From BPD, it’s important that we join this worldwide movement to bring awareness to this condition and help reduce stigma. There are somethings we may be doing that are counterproductive to this goal, and […]

Is Everything We Do Pathological?: How Not Everything You Say, Think, Do, and Feel Means You are “Crazy”

Many of us who have received a mental health diagnosis can relate to over-identifying with what it means to have, for example, Borderline Personality Disorder or to be an emotionally sensitive person.   A few years ago, when I was diagnosed with BPD, (I no longer meet enough of the criteria to have the diagnosis. […]

Emotional Crisis Plan of Action: A Recovery Tool (DBT)

Sometimes we try to force things to happen, even when out gut tells us that doing so will have unpleasant consequences.  You know the feeling, right? That sensation in the pit of your stomach when you text or call an ex because, in that moment, you’re feeling lonely and distressed? Perhaps you’ll get a response […]

Myth: Never Date a Girl With BPD

We all know that Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) carries with it lots of stigma that causes its sufferers to often feel ashamed and ostracized  A great deal of the work that I do with this website and all over the world involves putting human faces to the diagnosis — a dx that is so often grossly […]

Not All Self-Harm is Physical: A DBT Strategy for Self-Destructive Impulses

I have been very open about my journey and plan to continue to be. We all need to have realistic expectations about recovery, including me.  It’s definitely not all smooth sailing. I still meet several of the criteria for BPD, and with those symptoms often comes suffering.  I am still quite an emotionally sensitive person. […]

The Recipe for Change in Your Life with DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Yesterday during the DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group that I attend, one of our newer members asked a veteran member how she was able to shift her mental state from feeling and rejected and angry when her significant other would not walk the dog with her, to appreciating her surroundings and experience with her dog.  The new […]

DBT Pushing Away Skill: When is it a GOOD idea to push your thoughts and feelings away?

When is it a good idea to push your feelings and thoughts away? In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) there is actually a skill called “Pushing Away,” and it falls under the Distraction Skills. These are considered “Crisis Survival” skills to be used when there is nothing more that you can do to solve a situation […]

DBT Pushing Away Skill: When is it a GOOD idea to push your thoughts and feelings away?

When is it a good idea to push your feelings and thoughts away? In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) there is actually a skill called “Pushing Away,” and it falls under the Distraction Skills. These are considered “Crisis Survival” skills to be used when there is nothing more that you can do to solve a situation […]

DBT Games from Dr. Moonshine Bring the Skills To Life (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

As a person who is in recovery from BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), DBT skills have been the primary element that have helped me to overcome self-sabotaging behaviors and to truly begin to create a life worth living. I continue to practice the skills on a daily basis and am always in search of creative ways […]