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Totally. Stressed. Out.

By Lisaannjarrett @bpdblog

I know, I know.

I haven’t written any blog entries for several days now, but I have a decent excuse why: I’m trying to keep my stress levels down.

HERE’S THE DEAL: For the past several days, I have been busy writing several important letters. I can’t get into the topics of them right now, but there’s a great deal riding on the words that I type and the sentences I make.

It’s this importance coupled with the subject matter that I’m discussing in the letters that has caused a decent amount of stress in my life. I’ve been doing a great job in dealing with this, thanks to various coping skills, daily exercise, and (as ridiculous as it may or may not sound) the fact that I haven’t been working on this blog also helps as well. It is seriously stressful sometimes to blog because of the subjects discussed and also because of the amount of serious thought that goes into it.

…and guess what? I’m not done writing the previously mentioned letters yet, but I should be soon. Once that happens, after a day or two of just “chilling out”, the blog will be back in full force.

One more thing– Many people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) have to deal with what’s known as “overwhelming emotions”. Simply put, what a “normal” person may feel in any given situation (anger, annoyance, love, etc), a person with BPD will many times feel the same emotion, but with a much greater intensity. Concerning myself, I know that I can get very stressed out at times, warranted or not. The feeling of stress can overwhelm me, no doubt… but thanks to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), I’m able to deal with stress better than I could before.

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