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Emotional Instability - May 8th 2014, 02:54 AM

I have a big problem with my feelings. My emotions are hypersensitive. The smallest thing triggers an outburst of emotion and bigger things result in a total overload.

My doctor says that this has to do with having bpd. But all that tells me is that I'm going to be like this my whole life.

If something goes off plan, I completely freak out. If someone corrects me, criticizes me, or gives me information on how to "do better" next time, I melt down. I can get really sad or really angry. Those are my defaults. sad or angry.

Right now, I can feel this pressure and anxiety building inside of me and I feel like I want to die. I was perfectly fine 2.5 seconds ago and now my world is falling apart even though I logically know that this isn't a big deal.

I don't know what to do. I'm an emotional roller coaster. I'm too sensitive.

I just want to cry and I feel like the biggest idiot ever. I always overreact. :/
   
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Re: Emotional Instability - May 10th 2014, 12:32 PM

Have you ever thought of seeing a counselor or psychologist if you haven't already? I too suffer from bpd and I always felt like that until I saw my counselor. My counselor changed my life, she helped me find ways to cope with situation so that way I didn't act out.

If you have one and your current one isn't helping you manage your issues then I think it's time to see a new one.

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Re: Emotional Instability - May 10th 2014, 01:17 PM

Hi. I do have a therapist. And I have tried many therapists in the past. Since posting this, I have spoken to my therapist and he is trying a new approach, so hopefully I can get somewhere.
   
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Re: Emotional Instability - May 10th 2014, 07:43 PM

Hey there,

I also have BPD and I know what you mean. Have you ever heard of DBT? There is an aspect of that called 'emotional regulation' which was a section I found particularly helpful, maybe that's something you could look at either with your therapist, doctor or by yourself? It talks about ways you can respond to your emotions when they arise before they can get can out of control. I have a book somewhere, if you like I can get it out and get some more info for you, but I'm sure good old Google will have tips! I found it really helpful

Borderline personality disorder is something that can be recovered from and you can learn to deal with emotional rollercoasters. It does take a lot of hard work, but with the right support you can do it. With practice, dealing with emotions will become second nature so you won't be feeling like this all your life, I promise.

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Re: Emotional Instability - May 12th 2014, 12:36 AM

Thank you. I did a DBT program a couple of years ago, in pediatrics and I hated it, so I don't want to do it. But everyone keeps telling me it's different because I'll be in adult program now. :/
   
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Re: Emotional Instability - May 13th 2014, 03:30 PM

Hi,
I know this can be very challenging. I do not have BPD but I can be incredible sensitive depending on who the person is criticizing me and how I am that day.
I have never been treated with DBT, I realized through research that the therapist I had in high school used CBT. I think you should try the program though, I know you did not have a great experience in the pediatric program but maybe this will be different. The people will not be the same and you are older and you seem like you really want to get help for this so it could work out if you try it.
I hope all goes well.


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Re: Emotional Instability - May 13th 2014, 04:17 PM

It probably will be different - I had support through adolescent services and hated it, but I've had it in adults too and it was so much better and helped much more. If you don't want to actually physically do it with someone, there's a few different books that you could work through by yourself (or you can only do the bits you want to work through). The one my group used was the 'Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook', it's ISBN number is 9781572245136. It might be worth you look at buying it? It really helped me with handling emotions. If you are now in a place that you feel you can and want to work through this (sounds like you are) then you may find it works better?

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Re: Emotional Instability - May 13th 2014, 09:21 PM

I have BPD also and I know exactly what you are feeling. I would try DBT again I'm in it right now and it is a lot of information but it will help in the long run.


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Re: Emotional Instability - May 13th 2014, 09:29 PM

Thanks so much everyone. I think I'm going to tell my therapist that I'd like to try the group when I see him this week.
   
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