Tag Archive for: anxiety

Anxiety and Appetite: How I Fell Back In Love With Food

I don’t know about you, but when I get very anxious, one of the first things to go is my appetite.  This brings additional distress because we tend to not feel very well when we’re not eating enough.  Not feeling well physically leads to more emotional vulnerability. Throw into the mix a long history of […]

How I’m Coping With Sexual Harassment At Work

I’ve been really frustrated lately.  I am normally able to write very openly about my struggles and triumphs on my journey with Borderline Personality Disorder, but recently I’ve held back a bit. The reason is complicated, and after giving it careful thought, I have decided that it’s okay to open up about about some of the […]

Radically Accepting Uncomfortable Emotions (DBT)

Today’s Distress Tolerance DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) class focused on the Acceptance skill.  When our therapist began describing how we would practice this skill, it felt very counter-intuitive to me.  What? You want me to ACCEPT the intense anxiety I’ve been experiencing? Heck no! I want to kick at it and scream at it and push it […]

The Impermanence of Emotions (Intense Anxiety)

Today started off quite anxiety-filled. Last night, I was awakened by the creepiest sound of something burrowing and scratching inside of my wall. My cats were mesmerized. I don’t know what it was, but I was afraid.  I banged on the wall, and it would stop for a few minutes, then it went right back […]

If you suffer from BPD, there is HOPE!

Yesterday was pretty intense, and I’ve been thinking about how to share the situation with you in a way that would be encouraging to you. If you’re suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder and can’t even imagine getting well, let alone being able to return to the site of a trigger to help someone else while […]

Come to Your Senses! (And Stop Freaking Out By Using DBT)

This past week has been quite challenging for me. A number of stressful events built up to where I was having anxiety and panic attacks. As someone who is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, my experience of emotions tends to be much more intense than the average person’s.  Without intervention, in the form of DBT […]

DBT Emotion Regulation Worksheet 1a (With Example)

I’ve found that one of the most effective ways to cope with intense, extreme emotions when they occur is to pull out a DBT Emotion Regulation Worksheet 1a and fill it out – no matter how hard I am crying, how terrified/anxious/panicked I feel, no matter if my hands are beginning to tremble, cramp, and […]

DBT for Severe Anxiety and Panic Attacks

You think you’ve made progress. You’ve been doing well, and anxiety and panic attacks almost seem like some surreal experience from long ago. Then, in response to a particular situation (or perhaps for no apparent reason at all), you find yourself overcome and overwhelmed with anxiety and/or panic. Image Credit This was me over the past couple […]

Blank Global Assessment Functioning Form (AOQ)

Some of my readers have asked for a blank copy of this Global Assessment Functioning form, so I have uploaded a blank one here for you.  The clinic where I attend DBT classes has us fill one of these out every week before class. Here is one that I recently filled out: You can click […]

Pap Smear Fear | How to Cope if You Have Had Trauma (or not)

Whether you have trauma in your history or not, a pap smear can be a frightening medical exam. For the past few months I’ve dreaded, on some level, having my exam, which occurs every 3 years.  The last time I had it done, I had a full-blown anxiety attack and went into what I can only […]