Just remember recovering from a BPD relationship is demanding as well as challenging but you will be stronger and better through your. However, this last-minute communication of feelings and struggles rarely allows the relationship to recover as the BPD sufferer has created a. Will they ever completely recover? Recovery from Borderline personality disorder looks like fewer threats of BPD & Relationships.
A BPD in your life makes thriving quite difficult, as you need to keep providing them with boundaries that they are going to continually violate. Enjoy the journey, and keep laughing. Relationship Recovery Step 7a -- Exercise! You need to exercise when recovering from a relationship. Exercise is an important element -- something that you need to do for yourself -- and will make you feel better about yourself, about your situation, about life.
You need to focus on yourself when recovering from a relationship. Make time for yourself. Clearly, the benefits of exercise are well-documented. Those that exercise live healthier lives, live longer, lives, etc. You'll have more self-confidence and better self-esteem.
When I run, I solve the world's problems. The first mile or two is myself adjusting and settling into my breathing patterns, run cadence, and more, but then I put myself into a zone of meditation where I think through what's on my mind and work through my issues.
I put myself into a near-meditative state. I go to wonderful places in my mind. This is the result of the body's endorphin being made -- it gives you a near natural high where you just feel great -- about yourself and the world around you. You just can't beat exercise: It's time where you get to focus on yourself It's time where you are working on your health and well being It's time where you get to concentrate and think about your world There are many different types of exercise, from running to swimming to bicycling and weight lifting.
There's one that fits your lifestyle and needs. Just start slow, and enjoy the time that you get doing it. For those of you that are just getting started with exercise, the following books should help you get started. I was ignorant, but when I think about it, the borderline got a sexually transmitted disease when we were together.
She accused me of doing something and giving it to her, but I didn't give it to her as I didn't have and still don't have that STD. However, she was so accusatory about me giving her the disease that I never suspected anything until now, five years later.
It took me five frigging years to figure out that she was cheating on me. Oh well, that's her problem, not mine. Time for the story. BPDs and Sexually Transmitted Diseases We had just moved in together, so I was a little in shell shock, a little still wearing rosy colored glasses, and in the midst of a 3 year divorce process, when the BPD contracts genital herpes.
She tells me that I gave it to her, but I've never had it. I've had cold sores in my life, but I've never had genital herpes. I told her that maybe she has cold sores Herpes simplex 1 on her genitals, but she didn't buy it. It was a downright onslaught of accusations. Frankly, the BPD had me so tied up in her accusations throughout the relationship that I was never able to clear myself of, until the very end of the relationship.
Later this was dis-proven, but man, how the world can change so quickly. After ending the relationship with the BPD, I once again took a STD test, but this time to be sure that she didn't give me anything funky when we were off-again, on-again. They're more sexually active and more reckless than the rest of the population.
Further, their lack of boundaries underscores the fact that they will have unprotected sex. I was having major self esteem issues.
Probably primarily because of the divorce that I was going through. Most likely I was subconsciously feeling like no one wanted to be with me, and this was how it was manifested. I let someone walk all over me. I didn't have cold sores at the time and have no recollection of getting any in that time frame.
She was the one who was fiercely insecure, not me, and the one who would disappear for a night. In the end, all worked out. It was painful being with the BPD, but time has proven that I healed and exceeded my initial feelings of self worth.
When Your Loved One Has Borderline Personality Disorder
Life is good -- it's taken time to heal, but things are real good. If you're not there, you can feel this way too.
Don't let yourself not enjoy life and learn to love yourself. Last night I dreamed about her. It was strange -- I saw her somewhere. It was so strange that it woke me up in the middle of the night and I couldn't fall back to sleep for some time. When I saw her and we interacted, I think that it was the way I think she and I would be with one another -- quite guarded. I remember telling her about Jennie, and her making some comment where she's accusing me of treating her horribly, but now, I don't respond.
I think I walked away from her, but awaited feeling the blow from her when she hit me. It was definitely strange.
The bottom line is that it takes years -- years -- to get away from the BPD person and to get them out of your head.
Any relationship can damage you, but BPDs put a real hurting on you. The nice thing is that you can shed the wounds, in time. The Post Traumatic Stress dissipates, and you're left feeling better than ever.Going Mental: How to Rebuild your Self-Esteem After a Relationship with a Narcissist or Borderline
The BPD is left being an incomplete person that has difficulty assimilating into society and succeeding in relationships. I'd rather have the temporary issues so I can feel better than ever. I think I've published only one of their comments to date. I've asked each of you, this blog's loyal readers, what you think about publishing comments from BPD. I will, however, publish comments and articles from non's who are hurting and need to feel better.
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Excellent comment that was quite helpful. However, for the most part, I'm not going to publish most BPD comments. They don't help us that are recovering from relationships, so they don't help the core goal of this site. Find Spiritual Fulfillment Date Posted: You're healing, but you still hurt, Man, sometimes, the pain is pretty great.
Your healing process is okay, as you've found others that are feeling your pain, you've mentally committed to healing, and you're starting to do the work. You're also working on yourself, and you're not going out and drinking excessively, or doing other self-medicating activities.
Still, you need something else. Spiritual Fulfillment Helps Make You Whole Most healthy humans walk around this earth looking for some type of purpose and reason. Once our basic needs are met, we need to fulfill our more advanced needs -- Abraham Maslowin his Heirarchy of Needsrefers to it as Self Actualization.
I'm sorry to say that so many of us are so broken, so painfully broken, that we can never get to a point where we can look outside of our tainted self. We are so sad, so hurt, so traumatized that the world is such a painful place and we are protecting ourselves from this pain.
- BPD Relationship Recovery - Me Project
These recovery steps help you start to clear away the pain that you're feeling. By interacting with others, you begin to trust again - you begin to trust others and yourself. I'm all over the place here, I know, but back to my point. As you uncover more of yourself and shed the pain that you are feeling-- you're going to want more. Humans need to feel this actualization, which often comes in the form of spiritual fulfillment.
Why does this work? If we're a part of something bigger, then we have meaning. If we worship a God, then we have meaning. We are no longer the center of the universe. Those that suffer from narcissism think that they are the center of the universe, so they are not part of a bigger universe. Borderlines are usually quite narcissistic because they have to be the center of the universe in their minds.
They cannot get away from their pain, their insecurities, their fears, so they have to be the center of the universe. Those of us that were in relationships with Borderlines ended up putting the borderline in the center of our universe.
Often, we had our family or our job or our friends or activities in the center of our universe. Clearly, all these things change, so our lives are not stabile.
Spirituality helps us stabilize ourselves. However, I respect all religion, be it Buddhism, Christianity or any other religion, as long as the religion does not require violence and is based on love and spiritual fulfillment. The Basics of Religion and Sprituality There are many books that provide basic information on religion, but organized religion provides a solid foundation for healing.
Good churches will actually help you get meaning, then will help you shed your pain, grow through your shortcomings and pains so you can see the world and live a more fulfilled life.
Through a good church, you could: Some studies suggest that there is a genetic component, meaning the disorder can be hereditary. Hostile family environments, childhood abuse and neglect, and separation from caregivers can also increase the risk. Some research indicates BPD can emerge when parts of the brain that help regulate emotions and aggressive impulses are not functioning well.
Psychotherapy, otherwise known as talk therapy, can be incredibly valuable for treating BPD. In addition to learning about the signs and symptoms of the disorder, individuals can gain skills for managing difficult emotions, developing and maintaining relationships, reducing impulsive decision-making, and improving daily functioning.
The therapy helps people change unhealthy patterns of behavior by becoming more mindful about the emotions and reactions they are experiencing in the moment.
To date there are no drugs approved by the FDA that have been specifically created to treat personality disorders. However, some people find that medications can help reduce anxiety or impulsivity in individuals.
These might include antidepressants, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotic medications.
What You Need to Know When Dating Someone With Borderline Personality Disorder
If an individual with BPD experience intense symptoms, such as self-injury or physically harming others, they may be in need of inpatient treatment at a hospital or other residential program. How should I structure the home environment? People with BPD benefit from a home environment that is calm and relaxed.
All involved family members including a boyfriend or girlfriend should know not to discuss important issues when the individual is in crisis mode. Stop to take a breath yourself when they do become emotionally reactive. People with BPD should have opportunities to talk about their interests and thoughts about the news, family events, and other leisure activities. Take the time to laugh at a funny joke or eat dinner together several times a week.
The less an individual feels like his or her mental illness is under the spotlight, the more opportunity they have to explore other aspects of themselves. How can I communicate effectively during a crisis? When a loved one becomes reactive, they may become to insult you or make unfair accusations. The natural response is to become defensive and to match the level of reactivity.
They struggle to gauge what is a minor issue and what is a full blown catastrophe. They interpret your defensiveness as not being valued. Instead, when they become reactive, take the time to listen without pointing out the flaws in their argument. Try not to take it personally. If the person does point out something you could improve or have done wrong, acknowledge their point, apologize, and suggest a way you can improve on the matter in the future.
What if they threaten to hurt themselves? A crisis is escalating if a person with BPD begins to threaten to harm themselves. Sometimes self-harm signs may be less overt, such as scratching the skin, eating less, coloring or shaving off hair, or isolating from others. Recognizing early signs can help prevent an emotional crisis from becoming more serious or requiring medical or psychiatric attention.
Instead, you invite the individual to talk about their emotions and allow yourself to gauge whether professional assistance is necessary.