Tag Archive for: PTSD

Coping With An Emotional Crisis Involving Multiple Diagnoses (BPD, OCD, PTSD) – There is HOPE!

Last night, I found myself struggling with the thought: “To post or not to post? That is the question.”  I have been in the midst of an emotional crisis – not a huge one, but a crisis nonetheless.  Questions that went through my mind: “Do I share this experience with my readers? Will it make […]

When News Stories Are Triggering | Using DBT to Recoup

Many of us with Borderline Personality Disorder also have symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  Even if we do not, there may be certain subjects and circumstances that can “trigger” us into a troubled state, whether we flashback to the past or feel extremely frightened, as if we were in present danger even if […]

A difficult few days | Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD

What do you do when you’ve been going along fine, feeling mentally well, and feeling stable — when suddenly, as if out of nowhere (though you later discover there was, as Dr. Marsha Linehan says, “cause”), you have an episode, and it feels like you’ve backtracked? This is going to be a long one. Writing […]

How I Used Wise Mind in Response To a Major Trigger

In DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) during the Mindfulness Module, we often talk about Emotion Mind and Reasonable Mind. Where they intersect is referred to as “Wise Mind.” Image Credit I needed to use the skill of coming into Wise Mind this past weekend and over the past few days. It’s been a real help in […]

Using Distraction DBT Skill for Dissociating & Distress

I have been having more episodes of dissociation lately.  There is one topic in particular that triggers me – my boyfriend is planning to go away for a while.  Almost every time he begins to discuss the particulars, I sense myself drifting off. Sometimes I don’t sense anything and realize it after a few minutes […]

Sensory Overload: Reigning In Emotions Using DBT

I went on a beautiful walk with my boyfriend today. It wasn’t very warm out, but we were dressed for it.  I enjoyed the feeling of moving, since I’m trying to be less sedentary and more active. I enjoyed the sights and sounds.  At one point though, I began to notice that I felt disconnected […]

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 […]

BPD & Difficulty with Relationships | I’m Sorry Jenny

On my way to the grocery store just now, as I approached the stop sign,  I saw an old friend and colleague get into her car. It was so good to see her face. I gently waved.Things ended on bad terms between us, but the bitterness that remains with her surprised and hurt me. She […]

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 […]

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 […]