In this video, I read my first ever blog post from 2019 detailing what a BPD episode looked like for me at the time at the start of my BPD recovery journey). I also provide a present day reaction in 2023 – times have surely changed since then.
BPD Triggers for BPD Episodes
Common triggers for BPD episodes can be…
- Delayed responses
- Being ignored
- Short or unmoved responses
- Being told no
- Having ideas or suggestions ignored
- Being left out of a conversation or event
- Loud noises
- Being laughed at
- Unmet needs
- Disappointing others
- Unmet expectations
- Constructive criticism or negative feedback
- Being proven wrong
- Separation from Favorite Person
- Not being kept in the loop
- Being called out
- Getting laid off or told to leave
- Change of plans
- Not understanding a joke between other people
- Being replaced
- Lack of quality time with closest loved ones
- Traumatic memories
- Being disagreed with
- Being ganged up on
Does this mean you should walk on eggshells around someone with borderline personality disorder? No. It doesn’t. However, there are things you can do when saying no to someone with BPD that may help reduce intense emotional responses.
What People with BPD May Feel During a BPD Episode
On top of displaying intense rage, all or nothing thinking or anxious attachment – during BPD episodes, people with BPD may feel the following…
- Like they’re unimportant, worthless or unlovable
- Unseen / unheard
- Overwhelming shame / guilt
- Younger than they are
- Like they don’t exist
- Like a lost child
Not everyone with BPD is quick to show those feelings. Often, people with BPD will push their loved ones away during these times or they will mask it with rage. Don’t be quick to shut them out while they’re having a BPD episode. What’s happening underneath the surface is more than meets the eye. At the end of the day, people with BPD often do experience emotional empathy and usually, they have an abundance of it. They are capable of giving and receiving love and do not want to hurt their loved ones. What they need is treatment. BPD is a treatable condition, as long as the person is willing to get help.
Read the text version of my BPD episode here.
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