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Identity Disturbance and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Imagine not knowing who you really are.  Never really having a strong sense of self or identity.  Changing, sometimes on a conscious, but often on an unconscious level, to adapt to the person you are with in a given moment.  Sure, most people behave a bit differently around different people, for example, you’d expect someone […]

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Boundaries and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

  Boundaries and Borderline Personality Disorder – a heavy topic, indeed.  When people have healthy boundaries, meaning they are aware of where they end and the other person begins, they usually know the right amount of information to disclose to another person based on the relationship (stranger at grocery store, acquaintance at yoga class, friend […]

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Beyond Loneliness – Fear of Being Alone and BPD

  Tolerating being alone, even in small dosages, can be very difficult (to say the least) for those who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), who have BPD traits, who are in recovery, or who identify as emotionally sensitive.  I recently brought a loved one to the airport, and even though I have years of […]

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Loving Someone Who Has BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)

  Many people who have borderline personality disorder (BPD) choose not to disclose their diagnosis for a number of reasons, the top one being the stigma that is still unfortunately associated with it.  Why does BPD have such a bad reputation? A sufferer of BPD may act out in upsetting and unsettling ways that when […]

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Shapeshifting Chameleons and BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)

One of the most disturbing aspects of borderline personality disorder (BPD) for many (but not all) who suffer is identity disturbance.  This phenomenon and my willingness to finally face it and disclose it to my psychiatrist was ultimately what led to me finally receiving an accurate diagnosis of BPD.  I realized and acknowledged that I […]

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Scary Mood Swings and Borderline Personality Disorder

One minute, you’re engaged in ordinary conversation with your significant other.  You feel fine, and you seem fine to him or her.  Things are going well.  You’re conversing, even laughing.  Then, suddenly, your loved one notices a change.  Maybe it’s in your facial expression, which now conveys distress.  Maybe it’s your tone of voice that […]

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Why Criticism is so Painful When You Have BPD

Receiving and handling criticism when you have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or are emotionally sensitive can be very difficult; however, learning to skillfully handle it can have a dramatically positive impact on your life.  For many years I struggled with a true intolerance to criticism.  Maybe you can relate in some way. I have always […]

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Emotionally Charged, Impulsive Emails, Texts, and Social Media Posts

Part of having Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or being an emotionally sensitive person is the experience of having difficulty regulating your emotions.   Our nervous systems can become activated and launch us into an upward spiral in what seems like an instance, and it can take something that seems so little or minor to other people. […]

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What if People With BPD Had a Soundtrack?

As I was driving home from grocery shopping today, Pink (P!nk) came on the radio.  If her song “Please don’t leave me” doesn’t speak directly to the heart of many who experience borderline personality disorder (BPD) or emotional sensitivity, I don’t know what does. Have  listen for yourself, and let me know what you think: […]

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Sunday Distress and Borderline Personality Disorder

Why is it that some people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) find Sundays to be especially difficult? Even as a person in recovery from BPD, I remain an emotionally sensitive person, and there are some things that make Sundays a bit difficult for me, too.  The good news is, there is hope!  There are some […]