Many people with borderline personality disorder experience this often chaotic, disordered world in an even more intense way than the average human.
Why? We experience our emotions fiercely.
- Sadness can quickly turn into despair and suicidal thoughts.
- Anger can become rage directed outwardly (or inwardly!)
- Even positive emotions can get intense and mimic a manic-like euphoria.
So, why is this important and what can we do about it?
I’ve been in recovery/remission from borderline personality disorder for about 7 years now. I still have some BPD traits and may for the rest of my life. There’s no cure for BPD, but we *can* heal and no longer be at the mercy of it.
To give you an idea of what that can look like…
I went from:
• not being able to keep a job
• dropping out of college too many times to count
• switching colleges
• switching majors many times
• not be able to maintain relationships
• and thinking that threatening suicide was the only way to get people to take me seriously…
• Finishing college
• Starting my own business in 2013 that I still run today
• Marrying my soul mate
• and Pursuing my dreams; I’m currently taking ballet twice a week and private lessons despite having multiple sclerosis
If all of this was possible for me, I believe it’s possible for you, too.
The inspiration for this article came while I was working on one for another site about taking ballet as a person with MS, dissociation, anxiety, and more.
I thought about how ballet truly helps me find some order in this chaotic world and in my sometimes chaotic mind.
It has structure. Expected rules. Social norms. Balance. Encourages Embodiment. And, so much more.
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills have served me in much the same way when it has come to BPD. They provided tools that I never learned while growing up.
Tools that have allowed me to embrace my emotional sensitivity, move through a lot of my past trauma, learn to be more compassionate with myself and others, and to stop sabotaging career, friendships, my health, and romantic relationships.
I really can’t say enough about what’s possible with these skills as well as many of the other subjects included in the holistic, online DBT course I teach for people with BPD traits, including somatics, neuroscience, identity discovery, and intergenerational trauma and healing.
If any of this has resonated with you, I invite you to enroll to start your journey of learning the skills that changed my life.
I have a new class starting on Monday (and you can sign up now by clicking HERE).
Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope this article has been helpful to you or someone you care about!