10 comments on “Borderline personality disorder – PubMed Health

  1. I really like the positive attitude you have about bpd. You embrace your disorder to improve yourself everyday. I believe when I reflect on my view of the disorder I may be to serious of my view maybe I should sometimes look at it as a positive and always a negative. I really appreciate your outlook on life. I found it to be a much needed boost in my mood.

    • Thank you for reading my post, I greatly appreciate it.
      As I am sure you experience as well, some days are better than others. I am truly trying to keep a positive attitude.
      We are all unique and what I find beautiful about mood disorders, is whether we feel good or bad, we feel it to the core of our being.Isn’t that a beautiful thing? We FEEL and truly FEEL. Now, whether we enjoy it or not is another matter. LOL.
      There are days I find it a curse, and others a blessing. It’s an explanation as well, and knowledge is important so that we can prevent the future from being identical to our past.
      Glad you enjoyed the post. :)
      May peace be with you.

  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this topic specifically! When you talk about co-morbiditiy, i.e. anxiety tagging along with depression of bipolar disorder, borderline is rarely mentioned. But it’s more common as a singular “diagnosis” (hate that word!) but also as a tag on with other disorders, especially PTDS. As a person in recovery from BP, gen anxiety disorder, and Borderline – have that 3rd one thrown out by the therapist was a shock. Thought what I already had was enough! But a mindfulness based therapy called DBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, was a life-saver and has helped with the BP and anxiety as well. It has it’s roots in Buddhist philosophy / practice but is non-denominational. Highly recommend even reading about it as the ideas challenge a lot of destructive Borderline thinking. Radical Acceptance is a major concept and I use it every day. There’s a book by Tara Brach on it, as well as great books on Borderline P. D. Shared this to give another personal perspective as well as applaud you for your attitude and positive perspective on mental issues in general. Even though a person may be lumped under a label, that doesn’t mean that they are in an episode 24 hours/day, etc., etc. They are a whole, unique person who may have thoughts and/or behaviors from time to time that can be challenging for them. We are not a label. We are people coping with physical or chemical issues that propel us to move forward and do the best we can with our lives in spite of them!

    • YES! YES! YES!! DBT has been a true eyeopening experience. I am grateful you commented, and I will look into the book by Tara Brach. I kind of stumbled into mindfulness with “The Power Of Now” in late 2009 after a very horrible life experience pushed me nearly to my own destruction. Then this last year I was introduced officially to DBT during therapy. I am excited to look further into Radical acceptance.
      You are correct… we are NOT a label. It’s just a another beautiful piece of who we are. We have the choice to allow it to destroy us, or we can use it to transform into the amazing person we already are… some of us just haven’t realized it yet. :)
      Thank you for bringing this to light. One of my next posts was going to be on DBT.
      Thank you… for sharing your own personal experience!

  3. Thanks for posting this–Very informative. I do not have an official diagnosis of BPD, but I fit alot of the symptoms. What exactly is DBT or do you have a prior post you can reference me too?

  4. Sophia,
    Here is a very good link that directs you to different information about DBT.

    http://www.truerecovery.org/learning-center/dbt-dialectical-behavior-therapy

    The best way to describe this type of therapy is to live in the “now”. Thinking of the past can cause pain, we have regrets, shoulda, woulda, couldas, perhaps we had very bad childhoods and hold onto allot of pain. So the concept is to refrain from looking into the past, as it makes you depressed. Yet at the same time, you do not ignore the pain it causes. When you experience the pain of the past (I will use the abuse of my son as an example), you acknowledge the pain, perhaps have a short cry about it, then you redirect your brain to something positive or distracting. So, when I get very upset thinking back to my sons abuse and the circumstances that got him into the position to be abused, obviously it hurts to my core. I cry, blame myself, wish death upon myself for not preventing it. With “mindfulness”, I say to myself ” I have the right to be angry and hurt for my son. I have the right to cry”. So I cry for a bit. Then if the thoughts keep nagging at me… I say to myself ” is this thought pattern helping or hurting me” ? Of coarse the answer is hurting because it is not productive. At that point I redirect my thoughts to what I am grateful for… my son is safe and happy, all of my children are safe, happy, and healthy. I am learning to love myself and others.. ect. If that doesn’t work, I do something distracting that I enjoy. Watch a good movie, make candles, go for a walk. Basically, the goal is to retrain your brain… when the negative thoughts pop up… accept them, then redirect your thoughts.
    Anyhow, sorry for the long post. :) Check out that link.
    I am planning to do a complete post on DBT. :) It is amazing and life changing.

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