What Is 'Middle Path' & How Can It Help Me?

'Middle path' is an idea from dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). In DBT, walking the middle path means finding a balance between two opposites. Many people with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) struggle with emotions, thoughts and behaviours that can be strong, painful and all-consuming. It seems that many people with BPD act in 'all or nothing' ways in an effort to survive or cope how painful life can feel. One example of 'all or nothing' behaviour could be texting someone repeatedly until they reply or, conversely, refusing to reply to someone for several weeks. The middle path between these two extremes of behaviour would be sending one or two texts with some gaps f

Change can Be So Hard When You Have BPD

Two weeks ago, I started a new job. Since then, I have been struggling every evening with anxiety, panic and sadness that feels overwhelming.I find change really unsettling emotionally and it takes me a long time to get used to new people, places, routines and roles. Nearly every night I have been having meltdowns and/or panic attacks as a result of how unsettled I feel. During these moments, I feel like both my mind and my world is falling apart and it is terrifying. I feel as though I can't breathe, cope or survive. I have had thousands upon thousands of moments like these in the last decade and I have survived every single one. In recent years, these moments tend to only happen when I am

5 DBT Skills For Starting A New Job

On Monday, I begin my new job as a special education class teacher. I'm a qualified teacher and have worked for over four years in primary schools now, as well as having completed a Master's degree in Medical Humanities and worked in the psychosocial services of a charity. I'm really excited, but daunted too because I am changing from a mainstream school to special education. I wanted to share the 5 DBT skills that I will be using on Monday to cope with the stress and anxiety of starting my new job. 1. Noticing judgements It is more than likely that I will have anxious thoughts such as 'I can't do it', 'x thinks I'm not doing a good job', 'everyone thinks I am a fool' and 'this is too much f

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