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It gets worse before it gets better

It gets worse before it gets better

It’s a statement that I used to view as conciliatory bullshit; something you say when someone is in such a terrible predicament that you don’t really know what to say. I’m trying to remind myself that this can be a reality- that things can get better. In my last post, I wrote about how painful depression can feel. The heaviness, combined with the need to crawl out of your skin and disappear. The only word I have to describe this…

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On an upward spiral

On an upward spiral

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve sat down and wrote; partially because I’ve been spending every waking moment with my puppy, but also because I didn’t feel as though I had anything interesting or helpful to contribute. There’s a few things I want to share since I last wrote. I eliminated all forms of communication with my mother. I blocked her on all social media platforms, and I even blocked her number. I don’t have any siblings, and I…

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TIP Skills

TIP Skills

Happy Sunday, y’all! Like last weekend, I took this weekend to do some self-care, mostly hanging out with the puppy and cleaning the apartment. Wednesday through Friday, and even parts of this weekend, I really struggled with my anxiety. There are different ways my anxiety manifests. Sometimes it’s like I can’t breathe or I get really light-headed. Other times, I feel like I’m losing control of my surroundings. In moments like these, my anxiety is more visible to others. I’ll…

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Mindfulness, Radical Acceptance, and Singing in the Shower

Mindfulness, Radical Acceptance, and Singing in the Shower

Happy Sunday, y’all. By the time I made it to Friday of this week, I found myself emotionally drained. I had been doing relatively well up until Thursday. There were a few conversations on Thursday that I found really triggering, and I really struggled to bounce back. The emotional instability that characterizes BPD means that I can go from joyous and spontaneous to extremely depressed with a snap of the fingers. This is exactly what happened. I found myself really…

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The Post-Appointment Dip

The Post-Appointment Dip

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! I don’t actually know anything about football, but I’m here for the chips and drinks. Wednesday was my first DBT session. DBT, or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, is a year-long treatment specifically designed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It focuses on learning how to change behaviors, emotions, and thoughts that are causing distress. Specific goals include decreasing emptiness, interpersonal stress, loneliness, and mood-dependent behavior. I’ll also be working on increasing mindfulness skills, emotion regulation skills, and distress…

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