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Identity Disturbance and BPD (it can be overcome!)

Identity disturbance is often one of the most troubling symptoms that many people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) suffer from.  This past week, I had an individual session with my DBT therapist, where I discussed having, against what seemed like all odds at one time, overcome this particular aspect of the disorder. If you suffer from […]

BPD: When You Can’t Bear Being Alone

He walks away… off to leave on business…or to visit his family… something that will take him away for a few days.  I’m distraught.  I’m not sure how I will manage. Alone.As the days go by, I dread his inevitable departure.  There’s nothing I can say or do to convince him to stay. He’s going, […]

Overcoming One of My Biggest Regrets From When BPD Ruled My Life (Borderline Personality Disorder)

Trigger Warning (TW): This post contains content that may be triggering for some readers. The scene: I’m riding in the passenger side of my boyfriend’s Lexus.  The sun has gone down. He says it’s time for him to go home.  Going home meant he would be leaving me and spending the night with his wife.  Although […]

Discussion on BPD & Identity Issues (and more, Video from live Ustream session)

In this video, which is from a Live Ustream session, I discussed Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) with respect to my experience with identity issues and more.  Ustream is where I sometimes meet up with readers live, online.  You’re able to see my video and hear my audio, but I can’t see or hear you.  I […]

Who Am I? This Personality Test Can Help With A Piece of the Puzzle

This evening for one of my classes, we had to take a personality test called The Jung Typology Test. As a person with Borderline Personality Disorder who has had difficulty at times pinpointing my own sense of individuality and identity (though this has improved substantially three years into Dialectical Behavior Therapy), I was very intrigued […]

Reinventing Ourselves: Identity Issues & Borderline Personality Disorder

When I was a little girl I witnessed one of my idols, Madonna, from album to album, undergo metamorphosis. She would change her entire look and vibe, and the press would say she had yet again “reinvented” herself. This thought always appealed to me, and as someone with Borderline Personality Disorder who has dealt with […]

Don’t Let What “Simon Says” Rule Your Self-Image

I caught up on the Xfactor this weekend and noticed something interesting about many of the contestants’ reactions to often crass judge Simon Cowell.  On the episode I watched last night, I saw one young person after another smiling brightly after their performances, but when it came time for Simon to critique and he said […]

Gaga at the Psych Intake: BPD and Identity Disturbance

About two years ago, I checked into an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), also known as partial hospitalization. My life had become out of control. I was feeling the serious repercussions of pretty much having sabotaged my relationships and my job…and it wasn’t the first time. I was inconsolable and couldn’t stand that I was in this […]

Identity Formation (and Disturbance) with Borderline Personality Disorder

Once again during DBT group this week, our therapist brought up how it’s a healthy practice to pick someone on television (or in real life) who handles emotional situations the way we’d like to, and then use that inspiration as a model for our own behavior.I recently blogged about how the character Jane Bingum of Drop Dead […]

Identity Crisis: Finding Yourself When You Have Borderline Personality Disorder

According to the DSM (Diagnostical Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Criteria for Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder), one of the 5 or more out of 9 symptoms that one must meet to be considered as having BPD is:“Identity disturbance: Markedly or persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.”In some of my earlier posts, you can see that this was […]