Intense Emotions and BPD (Borderline Traits, Emotionally Sensitive)

In this video, I discuss how those with Borderline Personality Disorder (or who are in recovery), those with Borderline Traits, and those of us who identify as being emotionally sensitive sometimes experience our emotions in the world. HINT: Much more intensely than the people around us. The good news is, we can learn to better […]

Mindfully Managing Severe PMS/PMDD with BPD or if Emotionally Sensitive

  If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the days leading up to my menstrual cycle, it’s not to make any rash or hugely important decisions. Why? I suffer from PMDD, a severe form of PMS that, for many years, hugely complicated the symptoms I experienced as a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder. I am […]

Voyage on the DBT Enterprise – Science Fiction Meets BPD and DBT

I’m excited to share something with you.  What started out as an intention to practice the DBT skills of self-soothing, distraction, and taking a mental vacation turned into an entirely new endeavor that now also allows me to practice finding meaning and building a life worth living. Although, up until now, I hadn’t much interest […]

The Recovery Road (Beyond Typical “Therapy”) – Guest Blogger Romina Avila

    If you frequent this blog, you probably remember Romina. She is the kind Healing From BPD reader who translated the Open Letter from Those of Us With BPD into Spanish.  She’s back to speak on her experiences on the road to recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder.  Romina is also a student at my […]

One Way Ticket Out of Freakoutville: Noticing & Describing (DBT)

If you have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or are in recovery and living as an emotionally sensitive person, one thing you can probably relate to is this:  You experience things far more intensely than others around you.   This may be your observation,  the feedback you receive from others, or a combination of the two.    […]

PLEASE take care of Physical Health for Emotional Resilience (DBT)

Physical pain and illness — you’ve suspected it, and you’re right — affect our emotional resilience and can cause us to be more emotionally vulnerable.  Fortunately, there are specific DBT skills to help cope effectively when we are not feeling well.   So what DBT skills did I end up following, and how can they […]

BPD Recovery in Reality: Sometimes We Slip Up (and it’s only human)

  Okay. I’m not trying to make a bigger deal of this than it is, but I wanted to share something with you.  As most of you know, I am in recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder.  I no longer meet enough of the criteria to have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. With this in […]

The “Skillful Splurge” and Self-Care

Years ago, long before we had Facebook walls to share images, quotes, etc., I remember an email that was being passed around about a woman who had a very special and expensive bottle of perfume.  If my memory serves me, her husband gave it to her as a gift on a special occasion. She adored […]

Choices and Borderline Personality Disorder

One of the things that I like to be sure to tell my new students is something that I hope will leave them feeling empowered and motivated.  It’s something that they may have never been told before and something that they may have difficulty believing, and it’s this:   “You have choices.  Even though you […]

Emotionally Sensitive & The Holidays

“Why aren’t you working?” “Why did you move back home?” “Are you not well?” and other triggering questions emotionally sensitive and people with Borderline Personality Disorder might hear this holiday season (and some ideas for coping.)   Editing issues led to an audio only video with a distorted Christmas tree.   Happy Holidays 😀 …. […]