BPD Awareness Month (Self Image/Esteem)

Todays Topic is all Clinical info only. No personal perspective on todays blog. Short Blog!

Todays topic is Self Image/Esteem in relation to people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Now this is a Big thing within the Treatment of BPD & this very thing is a critical element in the sufferings of people who are Borderline. Self image/Self Esteem is termed has how we look at ourselves & what we think of ourselves, which even in the wider world outside of MH struggles everyone faces this problem, so its not limited to just people with mental illnesses, its has a much wider audience in society.

Todays topic I’m going to do a little different I’m going to give you the clinical info in greater detail from well read sources, I will NOT be giving my own personal feelings on this subject because I think clinical info is best for this topic today, Reason I’m doing it differently today is because this topic hits us all on a daily basis, When we wake up and look in the mirror to when were about to open the front door to begin our days. We all have that self esteem issue of how we look on that day, and if we look okay and how we are generally. Its not really an troubling issue for the majority but a fair few folk do suffer before they leave the home and begin their day.

CLINICAL INFORMATION

Self-esteem is a term that refers to how we think about ourselves. If you have borderline personality disorder (BPD), you may struggle with low self-esteem which can negatively impact your life. 

Strong self-esteem helps you remain confident, strong and connect with other people.  But if you have BPD,  feeling capable and serving may be very rare. Instead, you may feel incompetent or worthless more often.&lt;a target=&amp;quot;_blank&amp;quot; href=&amp;quot;https://adclick.g.doubleclick.net/pcs/click?xai=AKAOjsu8oU3wOAiWlQvqOUZuxHsnSuiZwDO43kDCD_kFPJA4yRsT4TkjjedwJ7PRLDCZhbGxKbKHmjRU9U-69LJBXFCe1gPM8mZdCZK_ig6mdCQyoClV_OS82VOddu8usWPRqzysga8Ms0x5sShIOoyK8VOkrJN2wMttRQ6qPSFGMRSbDx2Be0dSTi1OkAdgJ1zSVHrtKRdee6kSZ34LHKDx4QO8HgNyZISGy3MNwkc5JxwvrfgW4XLWkZHvTLLrEs-JivONkITY1TeaL3VGJepVajJY5iEW4afswRaqA8aXlvF4dyva8XsLTI012-kBhoT7KYSv6I2NeRvCRWfSLrwUSt6Pixle_P8leYW8q3H9Vz006d_pZawmfD9qlARpRJUgxQjv0ZM76FdnSWlXiyEN1bR-o0a1YjqKL7HEQguvvTC-Mlzf6iSdveGFERDfg8EgFzJXbft2ct5PAGM5UVfEDGburnn0fVOR8tpTBWdj5izBuFu4_iWX6TDSW7zISUWJbStBzpvBg1e-xsCcmYeBPhuIjAy4urIAEa4lH5cGBX-ysVdZYMF_QhMx3-OsOCRFs5toeLT8Nv_6bEMDBHMssS2tpCcsJSyovfxTXloZFQEQu7025WXJhhc1m9JCbgnbV8pdHhsETnGqzViEOpi-7UB30hmUjOHgtL9JXaxR-KWxMTsvGARuvmbbQqtcKQ9T9gGGr82qmUfR9CX-QBfpSoSSRUT2FV1OMHE9V8H0mhA-axS1uxKiZYMyxifTQKoeq0zjzfP2Kc-uT7Y-B_jx3pxy&amp;amp;amp;sig=Cg0ArKJSzKtKtyfB4M4ZEAE&amp;amp;amp;urlfix=1&amp;amp;amp;rm_eid=1788735&amp;amp;amp;ctype=38&amp;amp;amp;adurl=https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N8647.140497.YOUTUBEUK/B9502542.131141490;dc_trk_aid=303890631;dc_trk_cid=70302834;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=&amp;quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&amp;quot;https://s0.2mdn.net/ads/richmedia/studio/pv2/43081399/20160518025528269/maido-three-haptic-8920dca275bb/images/backup.jpg&amp;quot; width=&amp;quot;300&amp;quot; height=&amp;quot;250&amp;quot; border=&amp;quot;0&amp;quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;img width=&amp;quot;0px&amp;quot; height=&amp;quot;0px&amp;quot; style=&amp;quot;visibility:hidden&amp;quot; border=&amp;quot;0&amp;quot; src=&amp;quot;https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackimp/N8647.140497.YOUTUBEUK/B9502542.131141490;dc_trk_aid=303890631;dc_trk_cid=70302834;ord=3100073703;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=?&amp;quot; /&gt;<span id=”mce_marker” data-mce-type=”bookmark” data-mce-fragment=”1″></span>

Low Self-Esteem and Borderline Personality Disorder

Poor self-esteem can be an issue for many, not just those with BPD. If a person does not feel good about herself, she is not able to trust or validate her own feelings or experiences. This is going to colour all of her relationships and interactions with others, as well as negatively affecting her general mental health and day-to-day life.

For those with BPD, this is an especially important issue. Self-esteem can greatly impact issues with anger, personal goals, and relationships.

When you struggle with BPD, poor self-esteem may aggravate the anger you may experience. Various issues can be stored up and stay unresolved, often left to explode. Poor self-esteem can result in not advocating for yourself or even failing to value your own feelings. Interacting with others requires an ability to trust your own own perspective about others and situations.

Because of low self-esteem, you may be unable to assert your thoughts or feelings except through anger.

Poor self-esteem can make it impossible to successfully achieve personal goals. If a person does not think that she deserves to get or accomplish something, how can she really be successful at it?

For instance, you may have difficulty in making and establishing friendships because your low opinion of yourself limits you.

Low self-esteem can also make you suspicious of others. You may think that a friend wants something from you or will not like you if they really get to know you. To keep them in your life, you may avoid talking about issues until it escalates into anger, causing you to push your loved ones away. 

One thing self-esteem does is enable you to set goals and work towards attaining them. You may not feel worthy of things like relationships, happiness and success. Self-esteem is what gives you a sense of worthiness. 

How to Handle Low Self-Esteem

If low self-esteem is something you struggle with, it’s important to know you are not alone. This is a common issue many people, including those who do not have BPD, experience. 

If you have not already, seek out a therapist who specializes in borderline personality disorder. Therapists with a background in BPD are familiar with common issues you may face, such as low self-esteem or fear of abandonment.

Your healthcare provider may recommend cognitive behaviour therapy or dialectical behaviour therapy to help manage your symptoms. A regular focus will be on addressing your self-esteem. By using certain techniques, you will work together to identify your strengths and accomplishments so that you understand your worthiness and value. Through a combination of therapy and potentially medication, you can improve your self-esteem and live a richer, fuller life. 

Thank you for reading todays short blog on Self Esteem/image.

 

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