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(TW) My daughters Borderline Personality Disorder is destroying me


Re: My daughters Borderline Personality Disorder is destroying me

I am in a similar situation. My heart is so broken. My Daughter is 23 and I feel that for my physical and mental health I have to walk away.

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@KatsSad welcome to the forums - we're glad you joined.

I'm so sorry to hear you're going through such a heartbreaking time at the moment.

If you'd like to talk about what's happening for you, you're very welcome to create a new thread - please feel free to do that here if you think it would be helpful. 

We're here to support you. Heart


Re: My daughters Borderline Personality Disorder is destroying me

Thank you so much for sharing your story. You give me hope. My daughter is in her 20s and struggling with BPD. Some times it seems anything I do makes things worse + I don't know how to help. She's in so much pain and so angry at me most of the time.

I have Heard from several doctors that hospitalization or breaking down someone with BPD only makes it worse. And it can be cruel.

Thanks everyone.

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 Hi @MCMCM I'm so glad to hear that reading this thread gave you hope. Hope is an important thing to have when you're witnessing your daughter in so much pain. I can imagine how heart-breaking that is for you to see.


It sounds like you've connected with support services for your daughter which is great to hear. I'm wondering if you speak with a counsellor or friend about this? I hope you have a support network to carry you through this difficult time. 


We'll keep an eye out for your response, we are here for you!

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Re: My daughters Borderline Personality Disorder is destroying me

I am in the same position.   Yesterday I cut her out of my life.  Good Luck.


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Welcome to the ReachOut forums @Crystals_Mother  - we're really sorry to hear you've had to cut your daughter out of your life, that must have been so hard. Heart
Just letting you know we're going to email you today, so please look out for that. 


Re: My daughters Borderline Personality Disorder is destroying me

This is in no way medical advice. I'm not a medical professional that should be giving out medical advice. Seek a trusted therapist or other qualified professional that knows you for advice. I assume no liability for an individual's actions from reading this. This writing is shared for the sole purpose of proving the story of one person's success to provide hope. This should not be taken as a recommendation. Seek a trusted qualified professional to discuss this information before deciding if any of it should/could be incorporated in your treatment plan.

This writing is framed as instructions to a younger me.

To do this you don't have to trust me or anyone other than yourself. That's what makes this successful. Don't trust yourself? You don't have to do that either lol. You just have to trust one part of yourself. I'll explain more in the instructions.

The wildest thing about this is you already have all the tools. You've actually been practicing them for years to prepare yourself to do this exact thing.

I want to try to make this as simple as possible while still giving you all the instructions you need to do it right. This has been your journey all this time. This is yours to finish on your own. 


You have to first be able to accept that you are a human like everyone else. This does/can happen with every human.

You have to accept that there is something wrong. You've been told there's something by plenty of people… that doesn't convince. You've seen it though. You've seen it sometimes when you're angry. When you are forced to look back at it… it's confusing. You may tell yourself "that's how I process"... Or "I must have misheard"… or something. That's something you can know is true. That's something you know you can see. Than do it for an anger issue.

You already are prepared. When someone talks to you, you already are ready for what they will say before they say it. You'll feel that feeling bubbling up before they say the word. The trick is you want to catch that feeling before it bubbles up.

Know the feeling. When you're mad you're mad, sad you're sad, etc. You know what your feelings are. And yes! You're feelings are valid! For this I want you to try something a little different. Think back to the feeling of being broken up with. We know that feeling well enough. The pain. Think of how you feel that feeling and where. Try to think of how that feeling first starts. Keep your feelings peeled for that. It'll be felt alongside that anger. You'll notice it first, and it's the feeling you're targeting. The "rage", "panic", "overwhelm", whatever it is known to you as.

When that feeling bubbles up during a conversation. Hold that feeling down for a brief moment. Don't try to bottle it up. Just hold it down for a brief moment.
The best descriptions I can think of are that feeling when you clench your gut (left hand side), kinda hold your breath, and you can also feel it a bit in your throat.

The feeling as if you were going to try to turn your face red. But don't put the pressure to try to turn your face red.

Essentially, the body mechanics feel very similar to when you might start to get angry and lose your top when you've misheard someone and you're holding waiting for them to clarify what they said.

It's a very similar action… or maybe the same, as what we do naturally as children when we are mad. The thing we're always told not to do.

You only have to hold this for a moment. if I could do it then I'm prone to believe anyone can.

What is done in this moment is the key. The best I can tell is it reminds/teaches the brain that this is a safe path to take.

The key is in that moment you have to think "Right or Wrong" as if you are being a judge of yourself and the other person from an outside perspective. The right or wrong being more in the sense of which one is doing the right thing. What makes this the key is you have to take a little "leap of fate" and judge without checking your gut.

This is essentially a conscience check.
This is not in any possible way saying that you don't have a conscience. We all have one. It's been thinking and checking your gut to build it for years. You always KNOW what's right or wrong to you. You may not be very judgemental but you still know what's right or wrong to you in any moment. It's a constant. That doesn't mean we have to choose that way every time. Usually we have to think about the situation and feel it out to make our choice.

This can be felt out ahead of time to get ready. You know how to hold your gut. Don't think of a conflict. Just kinda… "zone out" for the second and picture yourself and another person arguing.
Right or Wrong? You're brain wants to search for the details so it can feel out the situation… that's what you're brain is going to crave to do. It needs to resolve the problem. It does that part automatically. All you need to do is, from that view point in your mind, think "Right or Wrong".

You may already do this and often. If you do, that's great! We just have to do it in this sequence and catch the right time.

We always get angry for a reason. That's a fact. You may even find that 90+% of the time it's just simply being angry. All you have to do is this until you catch that one time when it's our trauma response hiding.

When you feel a mental orgasm, bigger than the one we get from the relief of a partner telling us they want to get back together after a fight, you know it was a success.

My Best estimate of why this works is:
In moments when that panic/overwhelm/(what you named it) (this being our "trauma response" or "shame response") our mind chooses for us to only go full emotion. It does this to get through these perceived trumas and prevent our mind from having to remember those traumatic events. But we no longer live in a world where everything is actually life or death anymore (though it sure can feel it sometimes. This would be why). When you choose to do this the brain learns/relearns that it's safe to look at everything again. And it learns this fast. This is me writing to you over a decade later… I don't regret a thing.


I'm not the first one to figure this out by any means. Everyone can do it. Most people I think only stumble across it when they're at their lowest lows or don't really realize what they did to get there.
My best estimate is that the reason why younger individuals do better at this is because they have Parents/guardians/family that have an authoritative position to call you out, make us look at what we do and process, and then tell us to think next time… and it just kinda happens naturally.
As adults, we don't always have that family figure to call us out and hound us until we finally figure out the right way. If we do… that's usually the family member we probably feel like avoiding. We also navigate society to avoid these fights that are essential to this process. We are also always told to feel our feelings. Which I think is absolutely the right thing to do. Just… after doing this one thing… this one time. When you're on the other side you'll understand why.

I think that it likely has to be a genuine provoked response. I don't think planning practice fights are going to help. Although you will absolutely feel opposed to this… it may make sense for you to tell your circle of people to start calling you out on your **bleep**. We might not notice it… but they try to tip toe talking to us as part of their way of navigating society and preventing conflict with us.

Tips going forward:

You can't understand Love. Love is like Pi in math.

The break ups are still going to be hard. That is something you'll actually be able to process now and heal around afterwards.

You might feel before that you always feel silly because you don't know who to trust…or trust too easily. That goes away. Surround yourself with people you can trust.

Old habits die hard… open up and talk things out when you're dealing with things. It becomes a million times easier and it helps.

Some motos for the other side:

You can only expect from others what you expect of yourself.

It's not right to try to fix people. You can only fix yourself. You can help people… but people have to do things on their own and only if they want to and are ready.

Go have your forced epiphany.


When I did this, I had no idea what I had actually done at the time. I was confused about what it was, had no grasp or understanding what happened, and honestly at the time thought I did some crazy thing with my brain and that I should probably not mess around with things like that again because it could be something addictive. I had no negative after effects. I remember coming home, I don't recall if it was a week or 4 weeks later, sitting on my bed, thinking about a lie I had told and realizing how silly it felt. I realized that I had had this weight on me from lying and had not really understood why.
Over a decade later, working in trauma informed care, I finally realized what the connection was and what was going on.

Like the beginning of this says, this is in no way advice. I genuinely think that this is something that needs to be looked into further because it may be a functional way to reverse an ailment produced by a thought during trauma by having an opposite thought during "trauma". Because the reality is every outburst is due to a brains perceived trauma.

Stay strong. Have hope.

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I know how it feels I lost my daughter to BPD she attempted on her life so many times. And I feel like I've lost her. She is violent and verbally abusive. She hates me and I have been in this roller coaster for so long I just can’t do it anymore she now 28 and acts like a 12 year old . It’s very hard to give them the unconditional love and support with out getting affected. I am now trying to help my mental health from this chaos and I keep myself away . Because it’s extremely damaging. I cry a lot I pray . She used to be so loving at some point she became so bitter and blames me for everything. We have gone to therapy done everything but she uses her dad a lot and he enables her. My heart to everyone in this awful nightmare. As to what I know she was abused by my mother and later I found out my mother also has BPD. I don’t speak to her. I came here to find other parents suffering like myself. If I was to let her she would hit me . But I fight back not that it helps her manic episode are completely off the chain. She gets violent and the verbal starts getting worse she snatches things out of my hands has kicked me out . It just goes on and on and on . She takes mood medication which has helped her from self-harming but her attitudes is the same. At times she carries a great conversation but when I set boundaries it’s just as I just mess with fire and got burned. I can’t keep living like this .I can’t continue being punished or her punching bag. It’s very hard to distance myself but I have no other choice. When she needs she starts calling my anxiety is so bad I now suffer depression as well. She now wants me dead and wishes me to die. I have been such a good mother but I am so tired . I hope I can shed a light to someone.I had to cut her off my life.

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Hi @Annttngr and welcome to the forums. I hope this is beneficial for you and that you're able to connect with others that share your experience, so that you know that you are not alone Heart

I'm incredibly sorry for what you have had to deal with over the years with your daughter. Can I please ask if you have a support system in place? As you mentioned her dad enables her, and that your mother has BPD as well.

I know you said that you have had to cut her out of your life, but given the past violence, are you comfortable contacting the Police if she comes back into your life and the situation escalates? 




Re: My daughters Borderline Personality Disorder is destroying me

You post was a while ago- not sure if you are still reading. Our experience was similar although thankfully not with the drugs. Eventually we had our daughter picked up by the police mental health team and assessed for an involuntary commitment. While that didn’t happen, it seems it was a wake-up call for her and she started dialectical behavioural therapy shortly after. 2 years later- the results are almost miraculous. She went twice a week, a group and an individual session for the first year and still does I individual sessions weekly now— incredibly expensive in Canada but worth it for us.