You and Me and BPD is hosted by Stef, a person living with Borderline Personality Disorder as well as being on the Autism spectrum. If you have BPD, are interested in hearing some experiences of what it is like to live with this disorder, or if you love someone with BPD then you might learn something by listening to these episodes. I am one person and these are my experiences, but if they relate to you feel free to suggest episode ideas or reach out on my Instagram @journey.bound.
Your Story Matters (End of Season Three)
Hello! This is the end of Season Three!!! Thank you so much for supporting this journey and being with me as we unpack mental health issues and learn to find some more compassion for ourselves. I am so grateful for the growth that this year has brought the podcast and for each of you who took the time to listen to these episodes. As I mention in this episode, there is still time to contribute to the Online Gallery I will be creating in the new year (the jotform can be found on my instagram Linktree) and the book I recommend is called Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder by Blaise Aguirre and Gillian Galen. If you want to reach out to me, I can be found on my instagram @journey.bound and although I will be taking a break from posting and make episodes, I will still be free to message and connect with you - even just to tell you how much I value you being on this earth with me. Thank you so much again for all your support; this podcast is only alive because someone like you believed enough to listen and engage with it. I do not take any of this for granted and I hope you have a wonderful Winter season. Sending you so much love and calming energy 🖤💗💜
Bonus Episode - Deep Relaxation Meditation
I am leading a Yin Yoga + Deep Relaxation class for my Buddhist group so I decided to record a Deep Relaxation Meditation for the podcast aswell. This meditation is focused on relaxing the body and creating more awareness of our internal feelings and sensations; it is typically done in a lying down position and can be a great practice to utilize when we are experiencing stress or anxiety. The actual meditation begins at the 4minute mark. Thank you for letting me share this beautiful practice with you 🖤💮
Convo with Elyse
In today's episode, I sat down with Elyse Brouhard (@elyse_brouhard on Instagram) to talk about her zine, Handle with Care: Living and Coping with Borderline Personality Disorder. I reached out to Elyse over DM and I am so happy we got to have this conversation about her creative process and daily life living with BPD. If you want to check out the zine, it can be found on the Microcosm Publishing website https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/14497 where you can purchase a physical copy. Submissions are still open for the online gallery that I mentioned in the last mini episode so if you want more information or to submit some art / writing pieces, head over to my Instagram @journey.bound and you can find all the information there. I hope our conversation helps you to feel less alone and you know that I am supporting you on your mental health journey 🖤💗
Call for Submission!
Hiya! This bonus episode is to let you know about the online gallery I am hoping to create called You and Me and BPD: Collective Stories. If you have any digital art, poems, short stories, or mixed media pieces associated with your experiences with BPD, I would be honoured if you submitted them using this form https://form.jotform.com/222973735144258 or go to the Linktree in my Bio on Instagram (@journey.bound ). There is a pinned post on my instagram profile for more information, but also feel free to reach out and DM me if you want clarification or need some assistance. The form will be open until December 31st, 2022 and can be done anonymously if you are worried about speaking openly about your experiences. Thanks for listening and talk to you soon 💗
Searching for Love
This episode is all about love, specifically focusing on some of the issues that people with BPD face when they are trying to find romantic relationships. This topic is often spoken about from a very bias opinion, painting a picture of toxic relationships that are a direct result of BPD but I think it's important to note that many times, people with mental illnesses can be the victims of abusers and those who try to take advantage of our negative mental states. Obviously it's impossible to cover all aspects of why finding love is so hard for people with BPD but I try to give some reasoning behind why we might act the way we do, especially when it comes to being paranoid about people leaving us. The fear of abandonment is something that comes from deep within us, usually as a result of tumultuous childhood's and low self esteem. If we give our worth to someone else - putting them up on a pedestal where their love is all that matters - we might find ourselves feeling broken when we recognize that they can't fix us... They are human. Humans are not perfect, even if we desperately want them to be. The ability to change and grow is something that has to be supported. If you want to talk about this episode or just want to reach out, you can find me on instagram @journey.bound 🌸 I hope you find love that doesn't hurt you but helps you to heal and grow 🖤
Conceptualizing Self Harm
In this episode, Jay joins me to discuss what Self Harm is and why people engage with this type of activity. This episode might be triggering to those who are not ready for this type of honest discussion so please be safe and feel free to skip this episode if you find at any point you are feeling overwhelmed 💗
We will be discussing some statistics that can be found in the Self Harm Toolkit https://www.suicideinfo.ca/local_resource/self-harm-and-suicide/ and talk about our own experiences with self harming in the form of cutting. According to researchers, 65-80% of people with BPD have used self harming as a form of emotional regulation, although it is important to remember that self harm can also be a symptom for other mental health illnesses such as depression or PTSD. As I hope we have explained, there are many reasons why people self harm and it is my goal that we continue to have these types of honest conversations to allow people to feel less stigmatized if they need professional help. Feelings are hard to manage alone so please don't hesitate to reach out on my instagram @journey.bound if you want to talk or need some more resources. I hope you know you are not alone in any of your struggles and I hope you find ways to experience this beautiful life in a way that is loving towards yourself and your body 🖤
Recently diagnosed with BPD, depression, add
I was diagnosed with BPD a year ago and have read almost every article, listen to podcast after podcast, you name it, yet still felt completely clueless and alone. Thank you, because after listening to this I for once don’t feel so … crazy. Medication didn’t work for me, i am a recovering addict and being numb isn’t a good fit for me, therapy, i would find myself lost and not even listening.. I plan to continue to listen, I’m curious about your journey.
Thank you again
Comorbid ASD with BPD
This episode had really helped and ASD runs in my family (both my sister and father) and I have been researching ASD and have been diagnosed with BPD and I feel I exhibit both traits. I was also diagnosed with Anxiety, major depression, ocd (germaphobic) and add/ adhd and anorexia (recovered anorexic but still kinda struggle). Both my therapist and mom think I definitely could be on the spectrum. First podcast I’ve heard and will follow thank you for help
Amazing! Better than any therapists we have tried.
If you or your partner have BPD or BPD symptoms…heck, even if you don’t. These are great life lessons and skills for all humans.
These two not only have help my marriage (husband was dx with BPD via therapy after he had an affair with a co-worker).