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BPD: Why Do We Get Triggered By TV, Movies, and Books?

  One of my online DBT students is choosing to notice and pay attention to how she can be quite sensitive TV shows, movies, books, and the like, causing her to feel emotionally dysregulated. So, we got curious about this. If you find that you’re sensitive to certain media content (the news, stories about animals, […]

Easily Emotionally Triggered by TV, Movies, & The News? : Ways to Protect Yourself

For most of my life I’ve been very sensitive to certain types of content on TV, in movies, and on the radio.  How I ever managed to watch and enjoy the HBO series The Sopranos for years is really beyond me, because now all it takes is just a brief image of violence in a […]

What does “TW” Mean, and Why Should You Use It?

You may have come across tweets on Twitter or posts on Facebook that start out with the letters “TW.” What does this stand for, and why should you consider using it? What does “TW” mean? TW means “trigger warning.” It is a courtesy extended to others who may view your content on social media when […]

Getting Skillful and Avoiding a Crisis Using DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

More DBT for Me:My therapist and I recently agreed to add a second weekly DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group to my treatment plan while I am going through a few very stressful issues simultaneously.The module that I am now attending (in addition to the full DBT course) is Distress Tolerance. Distress Tolerance skills are intended […]

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 DBT Has Been Helping Me | Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

As I’ve previously shared, I was diagnosed with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) during an IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) at my local hospital.  I had been doing pretty well, prior to my “breakdown” that led to the hospitalization.  I was working, my relationship with my significant other was stable. It took a trigger to catapult me […]

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 […]