Dr. Marsha Linehan, DBT Founder, Comes out as having Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Tomorrow, the weekly DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group that I attend and that has been helping me signficantly in my walk with Borderline Personality disorder delves into the skills of Interpersonal Effectiveness. I am really excited about this, because I think that my lack of skills in this area have been a stumbling block in […]

DBT Distress Tolerance Skills

Photo Credit: Sarah Cardwell I am a bit overwhelmed with my own emotions right now.  I have been caught up and in my own internal drama as I work hard to not let it consume me.  Yes, I am working VERY HARD to use my DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills to help me through this […]

Anxiety, Lack of Appetite, and Wise Mind

I am writing this so that I can stay in Wise Mind.  Wise Mind is something you learn about in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT. Wise Mind Handout Credit: Marsha Linehan Here’s what it’s all about: Suppose we have two states of mind: The Emotional Mind and the Reasonable Mind. If we lived in the […]

Identifying Triggers with BPD – A Personal Experience

Caution: This blog post is about triggers and talks about some major abandonment issues. Our household has been a bit stressful lately. We decided to adopt a second cat to keep our first cat company while we are at work and just so that he would have a playmate. Unfortunately, our resident cat is being […]

Encouraging Those With BPD & Anxiety

Today was particularly challenging.  I have been in somewhat of an existential mode (which is interesting but can get really scary, really fast for me), and I have been experiencing some rather intense anxiety attacks (heart jumping out of chest very fast, racing thoughts, crying spells). I know that there are some reasons why I […]

Dealing with Intense & Difficult Emotions and Intrusive Thoughts

Sometimes we just need to be held and know we are loved It’s been a rough couple of days emotionally – really intense. I know things will be fine, but I have been frustrated by the repeated visits of uncomfortable and unwanted thoughts. Something that has helped in the past is the Emotion Regulation Worksheet […]

Desperately Seeking Sanity – Or at least some stability

Love this image: Mood Swings 🙂 Mood Swings. Need I say more? I swear my boss must think I am bi-polar after my little performance today. I actually at one point had thought I might be – the type with rapid mood swings…but my doctor assessed that my mood swings are actually triggered by a […]

It’s the Little Things | Every Day Pleasant Life Activities for Adults

In DBT group, we have a handout called “Adult Pleasant Events Schedule.” It is a checklist of 197 little things we can do each day (we are encouraged to pick at least one daily or make up our own) to make life more enjoyable. There are 3 pages total. Here is Page 1: Page 2: […]

Triggers When You Have BPD or PTSD | Polarized Thinking

A number of things come to mind that I could write about today.  I think I will talk about triggers. I have a personal trigger where I have a very difficult time accepting criticism. It’s not because I believe I am perfect and don’t deserve it, but as someone living with Borderline Personality Disorder, I […]

Opposite Action: DBT Skill

I did NOT feel like writing tonight, which is exactly why I decided to do so anyway. Today I had DBT Group after work. DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is the leading treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. Every week, we meet together in a group led by a psychotherapist who guides us on a brief mindfulness […]