My Final 'More than Borderline' Blog Post
I've been writing for the More than Borderline blog for around a year now. The experience has been both rewarding and challenging. These are my final reflections on borderline personality disorder (BPD) and advocacy.
The Positives of Writing for the 'More than Borderline' Blog
The overall experience of writing for the More than Borderline blog has been a positive one. Firstly, I've enjoyed sharing my first-hand experiences and advice with others. Even though I don't consider myself an expert on recovery or living with BPD, I hope my words can help others feel understood, represented, or even hopeful.
I also hope that my writing efforts have explained some commonly misunderstood aspects of living with BPD. When I was first diagnosed, I found it hard to find content written by people with BPD. Most of the blogs came from people who had dated someone with BPD, and the content had an overall negative spin. Therefore, I immediately had a negative view of my disorder and started to worry that I was the manipulative monster that many people on the Internet made me out to be.
Furthermore, I've found that writing about BPD has helped me see my own progress. Issues that I could not overcome years or even months ago no longer have such a strong hold on me. By writing about my experiences, I can reflect on my recovery and feel more hopeful about my future.
Analyzing my experiences has also helped me identify my coping strategies. When I have to discuss self-soothing or emotional regulation, I try to give real-world examples that I use. By doing so, I have established which strategies serve me and which ones don't work for my emotional state.
The Challenges of Writing for the 'More than Borderline' Blog
However, I have found the experience challenging at times. For example, I often find it challenging to write about my emotional state when I am in a calmer and more rational state of mind. I do my best to draw upon my feelings so that I can describe my experiences more accurately. However, I sometimes feel emotionally detached from the things that I write about.
Additionally, I sometimes feel like an imposter. I worry that I am not recovered or articulate enough to benefit others with my insights about BPD.
In the video below, I talk about struggling with imposter feelings when writing about BPD:
Overall, I have enjoyed the experience of writing for the More than Borderline blog. I am thankful for the opportunity, and I hope that some of my words have helped you better understand borderline personality disorder.
How do you feel when you finish a job, project, or another task? Let me know in the comments section below.
Beveridge, K. (2021, October 28). My Final 'More than Borderline' Blog Post, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, December 6 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/borderline/2021/10/my-final-more-than-borderline-blog-post
Author: Kate Beveridge
I just came across your blog and really appreciate the videos that you’ve made and what you’ve written. I have a daughter that I think is borderline and struggles with perfectionism. It was so great to hear from someone young and I think it us extremely valuable for you to come from a place of still being in the process of learning and growing. I’m sad that impostor feelings became so overwhelming for you that it did not feel like the right path for you. That’s a sure fire way to get those who can really help others to stop attempting to contribute. You have so much to offer! I respect your choice and love that you were willing to put yourself out there because what you did share is very valuable to me.
I have enjoyed many of your pieces over the years. You were a welcome voice in the Healthy Place community. I honor your ability to recognize what is best for you as you take new steps forward. I for one, feel so much accomplishment when I've seen something to the end. It's a great feeling! Wishing you well on your journeys to come!