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  1. Dani Z
    Dani Z says:

    Thanks for this post. This is something that I've dealt with throughout my life and I really don't hear people talk about it that much. When I was younger it used to scare me a lot. I would panic and sometimes do harmful things to cope with it. Now, even though it is still uncomfortable, I am more able to do suggestion #3: remind myself that this too shall pass.

    Next time it happens to me I will try grounding exercises like you mention. They sound really helpful. 🙂

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  2. Dani Z
    Dani Z says:

    Thanks for this post. This is something that I've dealt with throughout my life and I really don't hear people talk about it that much. When I was younger it used to scare me a lot. I would panic and sometimes do harmful things to cope with it. Now, even though it is still uncomfortable, I am more able to do suggestion #3: remind myself that this too shall pass.

    Next time it happens to me I will try grounding exercises like you mention. They sound really helpful. 🙂

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  3. Mitchiezmummi
    Mitchiezmummi says:

    I have only recently found myself dissociating. It has been scary due to not being aware until after the event. I am wondering if this could be due to the deep depression I am currently experiencing along with my BPD? I am usually quite aware of self, even when things are not great. I am now scared of what I will do as I don't see anything until after the event and have to deal with everything that has happened. I am also wondering if this could be wanting to block this out in a sub conscious way?? If I had a way of grounding myself as it was happening it would prevent so much trauma.

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  4. Mitchiezmummi
    Mitchiezmummi says:

    I have only recently found myself dissociating. It has been scary due to not being aware until after the event. I am wondering if this could be due to the deep depression I am currently experiencing along with my BPD? I am usually quite aware of self, even when things are not great. I am now scared of what I will do as I don't see anything until after the event and have to deal with everything that has happened. I am also wondering if this could be wanting to block this out in a sub conscious way?? If I had a way of grounding myself as it was happening it would prevent so much trauma.

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  5. Healing From BPD
    Healing From BPD says:

    Dani, thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for sharing your own personal experience with this. I think it's one of the more difficult symptoms of BPD and PTSD, and the more we talk about it and share strategies for coping, the better. Huge hugs! ♥

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  6. Healing From BPD
    Healing From BPD says:

    Dani, thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for sharing your own personal experience with this. I think it's one of the more difficult symptoms of BPD and PTSD, and the more we talk about it and share strategies for coping, the better. Huge hugs! ♥

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  7. Healing From BPD
    Healing From BPD says:

    Hi Mitchie, I think all of your fears are common and understandable. This is something to definitely talk about with a mental health professional. I think in doing so, you'll receive reassurance around your concerns and experiences. Please be good to yourself and take extra care while you're having these episodes. ♥

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  8. Healing From BPD
    Healing From BPD says:

    Hi Mitchie, I think all of your fears are common and understandable. This is something to definitely talk about with a mental health professional. I think in doing so, you'll receive reassurance around your concerns and experiences. Please be good to yourself and take extra care while you're having these episodes. ♥

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  9. Shawnna Helen
    Shawnna Helen says:

    (((trigger warning)))

    I have had major and frequent dissociative episodes since I was 12 years old. The last time I experienced one (which was only just a few weeks ago) I could not feel anything. I pinched myself, slapped myself, and even cut myself. It's frightening, especially because it has happened to me a couple of times while I'm operating a vehicle.

    I agree highly with step two. My therapist taught me to name off colors in whatever room I was currently in (that painting is pink, that chair is blue, etc), and it definitely brings me back to reality after a while, although I have to admit it takes some time (it can take hours).

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  10. Shawnna Helen
    Shawnna Helen says:

    (((trigger warning)))

    I have had major and frequent dissociative episodes since I was 12 years old. The last time I experienced one (which was only just a few weeks ago) I could not feel anything. I pinched myself, slapped myself, and even cut myself. It's frightening, especially because it has happened to me a couple of times while I'm operating a vehicle.

    I agree highly with step two. My therapist taught me to name off colors in whatever room I was currently in (that painting is pink, that chair is blue, etc), and it definitely brings me back to reality after a while, although I have to admit it takes some time (it can take hours).

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  11. Princess Lily
    Princess Lily says:

    Oops…fat fingers. .. I've disassociated fir as long as I can remember, and it's never really freaked me out. When I was young I would often ask others if they ever felt like "is this real? Am I really here? I see my hand moving in front of me but is it, really? Am I really here? " I never met anyone who knew wtf I was talking about so eventually I quit asking…
    great post. Thank you.

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