Borderline Personality Disorder, OCD, Major Depression and Anxiety

Posted by Meena @meena, Sep 9, 2011

I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder over ten years ago. Also struggling with OCD, Major Depression, and severe anxiety. I’ve taken DBT courses but can’t seem to use the coping mechanisms when I should.
Can anyone relate?

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@healthytoday

Cognitive behavioral therapy?

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Hi, @healthytoday. What you talked about with ADHD and socially structured vs. socially open-ended activities really reminded me of @mamacita. So, I wanted to invite her into this discussion. I'd also like to invite @gingerw and @gailb.

You mentioned cognitive behavioral therapy, @healthytoday. Have you had this type of treatment before? If so, was it helpful?

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I've had it and it really helped me. I had a great counselor

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My best group experience was with a psychologist. She was exceptional, something not easy to find. I saw her in private sessions also. I also attended some depression groups which just made me more depressed. I think group therapy with a professional leader is a significant treatment. You not only get professional help but also much needed support from the group.

Bet,,
Oprah's Mom

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@lisalucier

Hi, @healthytoday. What you talked about with ADHD and socially structured vs. socially open-ended activities really reminded me of @mamacita. So, I wanted to invite her into this discussion. I'd also like to invite @gingerw and @gailb.

You mentioned cognitive behavioral therapy, @healthytoday. Have you had this type of treatment before? If so, was it helpful?

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Okay re invitation. No, haven't had cognitive behavioral therapy, but did have a book on it and read it. Has very straight forward techniques. You can read about it online.

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@oprah

My best group experience was with a psychologist. She was exceptional, something not easy to find. I saw her in private sessions also. I also attended some depression groups which just made me more depressed. I think group therapy with a professional leader is a significant treatment. You not only get professional help but also much needed support from the group.

Bet,,
Oprah's Mom

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Someone once called group therapy, leading from your weaknesses and not your strengths. Another words, your depressed, but cooking with fresh fruit really interests you, take a class in that. Follow the positive interest. ; )

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@lisalucier

@oprah – that is neat you picked a username after your pet. You mentioned that with your diagnoses of BDP along with
intermittent explosive disorder (IED), bipolar, ADD, and depression that getting involved with groups has been important. Are you speaking of therapy groups, or another kind of group?

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As I age, I don't know if all these names of disorders are all that helpful…how about, I do things like this and like that and it causes this issue or that issue. I'm too right brain. By the way, someone once said the right brain is the one that gives us the most trouble emotionally. (?) Other day I was laying in bed with a big cold and bad mood. My emotions and negative self talk just wouldn't shut up. At that point I wondered if I did some very left brain activity, how it would affect me. So, I looked up some youtubes and was directed (I believe by the divine), to a children's education channel on Chemistry and the Periodic Table, designed for about the third grade level. Tuned in, followed the simple logic of hydrogen, helium, 1,2 etc. and after alittle bit my self talk was quiet and I focused on the simple left brain progression. It was very cool especially since I almost flunked high school Chemistry. I'm a retired teacher and artist by trade and left brain is a place I seldom visit. But, this seemed to work. So try it on sometime….who knows….; ).

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@healthytoday

As I age, I don't know if all these names of disorders are all that helpful…how about, I do things like this and like that and it causes this issue or that issue. I'm too right brain. By the way, someone once said the right brain is the one that gives us the most trouble emotionally. (?) Other day I was laying in bed with a big cold and bad mood. My emotions and negative self talk just wouldn't shut up. At that point I wondered if I did some very left brain activity, how it would affect me. So, I looked up some youtubes and was directed (I believe by the divine), to a children's education channel on Chemistry and the Periodic Table, designed for about the third grade level. Tuned in, followed the simple logic of hydrogen, helium, 1,2 etc. and after alittle bit my self talk was quiet and I focused on the simple left brain progression. It was very cool especially since I almost flunked high school Chemistry. I'm a retired teacher and artist by trade and left brain is a place I seldom visit. But, this seemed to work. So try it on sometime….who knows….; ).

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@healthytoday Now this I can understand. Well stated. Thank you for a bright spot this morning. 🙂

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@healthytoday

As I age, I don't know if all these names of disorders are all that helpful…how about, I do things like this and like that and it causes this issue or that issue. I'm too right brain. By the way, someone once said the right brain is the one that gives us the most trouble emotionally. (?) Other day I was laying in bed with a big cold and bad mood. My emotions and negative self talk just wouldn't shut up. At that point I wondered if I did some very left brain activity, how it would affect me. So, I looked up some youtubes and was directed (I believe by the divine), to a children's education channel on Chemistry and the Periodic Table, designed for about the third grade level. Tuned in, followed the simple logic of hydrogen, helium, 1,2 etc. and after alittle bit my self talk was quiet and I focused on the simple left brain progression. It was very cool especially since I almost flunked high school Chemistry. I'm a retired teacher and artist by trade and left brain is a place I seldom visit. But, this seemed to work. So try it on sometime….who knows….; ).

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@healthytoday
What a great idea! I can see that purposefully using the left brain could be great therapy. Your idea of using kid's YouTube science videos sounds challenging without being too difficult or frustrating.

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@pjss48

See above text

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Hi, @pjss48 – you mentioned "see above text." Wanted to be sure to understand what text you were referencing and what you wanted to convey?

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