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Manage Panic Attacks in Borderline Personality Disorder

Manage Panic Attacks in Borderline Personality Disorder

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) can learn to manage panic attacks by using the five senses. If we can train ourselves to consciously and positively stimulate the five senses during emotional distress, we with borderline might manage panic attacks with more success (Mental Illness Can Overstimulate Your Brain).

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Structure Can Prevent Hospitalization of Depressed Borderlines

Structure Can Prevent Hospitalization of Depressed Borderlines

Depressed borderlines can benefit from structure. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and clinical depression often go hand in hand, causing life to be unbearable at times. Sometimes it is necessary to be hospitalized in a safe environment to receive treatment and to provide structure in daily life. I have required psychiatric hospitalization at times. With each hospital stay I am reminded of this most important coping skill for me. As a person with borderline, I must create structure daily to prevent hospitalizations.

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Coping with Intense Emotions and Panic with Borderline

Coping with Intense Emotions and Panic with Borderline

Intense emotions and panic are hard to go through. As a person with borderline personality disorder (BPD), I have intense emotions all day, every day. It never stops. There is no complete relief. The best way for me to cope with feeling so emotionally charged is to distract myself with an activity. This could be cleaning, exercising, reading, watching television, playing and snuggling with my pets, cooking, listening to music, writing, or many other coping activities. I’ve come to realize that borderlines can deal with intense emotions and panic.

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Borderline Drama, Learning to Engage the Observer Self

Borderline Drama, Learning to Engage the Observer Self

One symptom of borderline personality disorder is emotional intensity. It appears to the rest of the world as 'drama.' Learn how to handle your 'drama' here.

One well-known symptom of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is emotional intensity, which appears to the rest of the world as drama. A good first step for someone just learning of a BPD diagnosis might be to learn how to engage an observer part of him/herself. In other words, we borderlines need to learn how to think and feel at the same time.

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Depressed People With BPD Can’t ‘Choose to be Happy’

Depressed People With BPD Can’t ‘Choose to be Happy’

I have borderline personality disorder (BPD), and I usually cringe when I hear someone say, “Choose to be happy.” First I feel angry at the whole world for not understanding me. After I realize that I’m being a victim and blaming others for my pain, I then shift the blame to myself. I punish myself, and think, “It’s my fault I can’t choose to be happy. Something is wrong with me. I’m defective. I’m not trying hard enough.”

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Borderline Personality Disorder, Manipulation vs. Honesty

Borderline Personality Disorder, Manipulation vs. Honesty

People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) sometimes manipulate others to get the comfort or attention we need. Often, we don’t even realize that we are being manipulative. Many of us never learned how to honestly ask for what we need or want. It starts with emotional pain. If we don’t get the support we need in the midst of that pain, often feelings of anger arise, and we progress into new or worsening depression. Manipulation tactics then come into play, fueled by our anger that no one understands us. Manipulation in borderline personality disorder is important to understand.

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How To Cope With Your New Borderline Diagnosis

How To Cope With Your New Borderline Diagnosis

How do you cope with a new borderline diagnosis? Read this helpful guide about accepting, and coping with, a new borderline personality disorder diagnosis.

Coping with a new borderline diagnosis can be challenging. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to accept your borderline diagnosis and start healing.

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Embrace the Benefits of Borderline Personality Disorder

Embrace the Benefits of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) has its benefits. Here are five ways in which we can enjoy the benefits of borderline personality disorder.

Believe it or not, you can embrace the benefits of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Borderline sufferers know the drawbacks of the diagnosis. On top of experiencing the difficult symptoms firsthand, we’re also bombarded with BPD stigma, insults, premature judgment and ostracization. Most of what’s written about BPD is negative in nature — borderline sufferers are portrayed as dangerous, irrational, impulsive, and hopeless. This is not one of those articles. This article is about embracing the benefits of borderline personality disorder.

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Romantic Fantasization in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Romantic Fantasization in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Romantic fantasization is a common feature of borderline personality disorder (BPD). The unpredictable emotional state associated with borderline personality disorder can cause confusing fluctuations in how borderlines view their romantic partners. Why is romantic fantasization in BPD followed by equally intense devaluation and what can we do to stop it?

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Schema Modes and Therapy in Borderline Personality Disorder

Schema Modes and Therapy in Borderline Personality Disorder

For me, the most helpful framework in understanding borderline personality disorder (BPD) comes out of schema therapy, a borderline personality disorder treatment, which includes a concept known as schema modes. The easiest way to understand schema modes is to think of them as personalities. Different personalities take over to protect the borderline when she is hurt or threatened in some way. Schema modes in borderline personality disorder are a form of maladaptive coping that the person learned in response to childhood trauma, and schema therapy is designed to address these modes.

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