Tag Archive for: borderline personality

Vigil for a Nameless Cat – Using my DBT Skills in The Real World

Please note: This post contains some potentially triggering imagery. Listen to your heart, mind, and spirit as to whether you can handle reading it. I’ll warn you when I am about to get to that part… I’ve been hearing the word “Mastery” a lot from the doctor who runs the DBT groups that I attend […]

Does DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) Work? My Story: A Case Study

I am currently attending two DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) classes per week. One is an ongoing group/class that goes through the four major skill sets: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The other just focuses on the Distress Tolerance skill set. Things have been going well. Before DBT, I felt as if I […]

ABC News Article ft. Dr. LeslieBeth Wish on Casey Anthony: Borderline Personality Disorder?

As someone who is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, who is doing her best to honestly share her experience and help break down negative and inaccurate stigmas about the illness (and mental illness in general), I was alarmed, disappointed, and concerned when, after watching a video by another young mental health advocate and BPD-diagnosed woman, […]

Making Mistakes! (We all do it.)

I was just challenged immensely on an emotional level just as I was getting ready to celebrate and share my recent success of using some of the DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills I have been learning. This post revolves around my recently noticing an increased ability to cope and deal with the emotions that arise when I realize […]

Celebrate Every Bit of Progress – Success with DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

Those of us with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder), and those who know and love us, are all too familiar with how we are quick to notice, point out, and dwell upon the things we do “wrong.”  As we explore in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), we learn to be less judgmental and more understanding of ourselves […]

Easily Influenced? A Borderline’s Struggle with Identity

I’m not sure if other people with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) feel this way or can relate, but I am pretty easily influenced.  I might hear a strong opinion that radically differs from the one I had been holding until that moment and be swayed completely.  I am not trying to say that I am gullible, an idiot, […]

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 […]