Tag Archive for: trauma

The Setup Setback: Abandonment and Impulsiveness issues with Borderline Personality Disorder

Do those of us with Borderline Personality Disorder tend to act or behave in ways that set us up for our worst fear: abandonment?  This post explores this question with my own personal example.As some of my Twitter and Facebook followers know, I have been going through a stressful ordeal. And while I can’t get […]

“Re-Wiring” our Nervous System’s Reaction to Stress and Trauma (using Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

This week in the Distress Tolerance DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group that I attend, our therapist/group leader spoke about the interesting ways in which our nervous systems have been conditioned and thus affect our present responses and reactions to stress.I learned that our nervous systems have adapted to react to stressful situations based on past […]

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 […]

Forgiving our Abusers – I’m Just Not Ready

I watched Oprah’s Life Class the other night, and the show was about forgiving people who have hurt you so that you can be free. It sounds wonderful, and I have managed to forgive several people in my life that have hurt me, bit when it comes to my parents, the two people in the […]

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 […]

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 […]