Emotional Regulation 1: Models and Myths

What are emotions? What good are emotions? I know there are many times when it would be nice to push all of our painful emotions down as deep as they can go and hopefully they will just go away. But we all know that’s not what happens. Battling painful emotions is a daily occurrence for…

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Distress Tolerance 1: Introduction

Here comes the tough love people, because when facing the goliath that is distress tolerance you’re going to find it sounds an awful lot like a more complicated way of saying “just get over it” when you’re in pain. But that’s not what this is about. Telling someone to ‘buck up’ and ‘get over’ their…

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Intro to DBT 2: Boundaries

Setting and maintaining boundaries is one of the hardest but most important steps to living a full and healthy life with BPD. Many people living with BPD have struggled all their life with boundaries, likely because their boundaries weren’t respected, they weren’t taught how to respect them in others, or how to set them for…

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Intro to DBT 1: The House and the Stages of Change

The Journey towards wellness for someone suffering from mental illness, is described in DBT as a house. The house has a basement, a main floor, second floor and a rooftop. The journey starts in the basement, where suffering is at its worst. Behaviours are out of control, life is excruciating. It is hell. This would…

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What is Dialectic Behavioural Therapy?

What is DBT? Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is an intensive therapy program specifically tailored for those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. The word ‘dialectic’ comes from the Greek, meaning relating to a dialogue. So a dialectic approach means that the therapy is conducted like a conversation, with various viewpoints and approaches. DBT is not to…

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Somewhere you’ve heard the term, perhaps from a friend or a doctor or social media: Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s a mysterious and misunderstood disorder and there are many myths and misinformation floating around out there. So what is it? What makes this diagnosis so difficult to manage? What can be done to help those suffering?…

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Greetings!

Welcome to The Borderline Connection. The purpose of this blog is to inform, educate, and amuse my readers with a first-hand experience of living with Borderline Personality Disorder and how to manage its symptoms. I hope to enlighten those curious about the disorder and assure those of my brethren and their friends, families and loved…

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