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What Therapy Taught Me About Managing Emotions

Following on from my last post about what therapy taught me about relationships, here is what it taught me about managing emotions. (The treatment that I had was Mentalisation Based Therapy which you can read all about through this blog.) To start off I should explain what I mean when I talk about ‘managing’ or… Continue reading What Therapy Taught Me About Managing Emotions

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BPD: Thriving

Now there will come a time when you start to thrive and live fully even while still experiencing symptoms of BPD. Mental health diagnoses can often feel like a death sentence when you first get one. It runs through your mind that you’ll never be able to manage life, you will always struggle and never… Continue reading BPD: Thriving

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BPD: Surviving

Surviving –¬†continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship. This will serve as a bit of a guide to surviving with BPD… it’s really about finding what works for you and sticking with it. Remember, as I said in my previous post, that you are amazing regardless or whether you’re just… Continue reading BPD: Surviving

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The Place In Between

Everything seems to be going okay. You’re working hard on your mental health – taking your medication, eating healthily, getting out the house, doing things you enjoy, going to therapy etc. You are supposed to¬†feel good but you don’t and that’s the awful thing about depression. It doesn’t always matter what is going on around… Continue reading The Place In Between

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Fear of Happiness

I watch people around me savour the good things that happen in their life. I see them celebrate successes and achievements. People relish the positive things happening around them and I am envious. Logically, I know that I should feel excited or happy about certain events however, those thoughts do not translate into feeling. Recently,… Continue reading Fear of Happiness

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Who am I without madness?

Who will I be without the “crazy girl” label? If I get better, will people think I’m boring? Will I even exist if my mental illness is gone? Can I hold onto it for a little longer? This is part of my life narrative, where will I be if I am well? These are questions… Continue reading Who am I without madness?

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MBT: Relationships

Difficulty managing emotions, all or nothing thinking, low self esteem and fears of abandonment are all symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. As you can imagine, these make relationships very hard to maintain. Common problems faced include switching from loving to hating someone very quickly, pushing people away to avoid dealing with them leaving and a… Continue reading MBT: Relationships