BPD & Addicted to Drama

Are people with borderline personality disorder “addicted” to drama? My answer might surprise you. Take biology, past history, and other issues into account, and we can understand this issue a bit better and learn how to compassionately approach and work on issues around drama addiction.
Some of the topics covered in the video:
  • A personal share of my own experience growing up in an “invalidating environment.”
  • Why do we “attract” chaos, drama , and crises into our lives if we’ve had trauma in childhood?
  • How it can seem “crazy” or difficult to understand for loved ones of those of us with borderline personality disorder, BPD traits, or emotional sensitivity.
  • How do we overcome this over time? (Building trust, confidence, and self-respect in ourselves,  believing we deserve to have stability…)
  • How it can help to have a willingness to admit having an issue of getting caught up in patterns of chaos and distress when triggered or emotionally dysregyulated.
  • Need to “reprogram” those “old tapes” — those messages we’ve come to believe out of a survival response.
  • Why I used to go to the emergency room all of the time when I was extremely dysregulated emotionally (and what I discovered as I started to get better).
  • How I initially shut down and felt invalidated when loved ones told me, “You’re creating this — you’re doing this to yourself.”
  • Compassionately approaching ourselves with curiosity when we’re unskillful and have the urge or actually do act on self-sabotaging behavior.

Learn more from Debbie in her worldwide, online DBT skills classes at emotionallysensitive.com

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