Many people try psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD), but not everyone achieves success. What did you need to do to be successful in therapy? Were you successful right away, or did you need several tries before you made progress? Any advice for others who are struggling in therapy?
maximized success in therapy
- One things that has helped is journaling. I wrote everything even the things I thought were of no importance. I took it to my therapist and we discussed things that came up. I even shared a couple of dreams and scenarios of relationships and what sets me off. When I first began, I asked the same questions every week (it seemed). I just couldn't think straight. She kept me on track. She taught me skills on how to relate to those who verbally abuse me. She gave me emotion regulation work sheets. Those were awesome. At first I really couldn't describe what WAS bothering me, just was agitated/anxious with panic attacks. After awhile, I began to learn what the nine ants are (Dr. Daniel Amen's book) and I began to speak back to those negative thoughts. I usually calmed down, but it took a lot of practice. I have shared some of these techniques with non BPD people. I also do this tapping different parts of my body like acupressure points and say things.
- —Guest shery carew luedecke