Ever since I did my therapy program awhile back, I’ve felt this expectation from myself to not mess up and let my BPD show. I’m being really hard on myself, and I don’t know if it’s healthy or not. It almost feels like I have quiet BPD now, where you internalize emotional struggles and episodes. Turning anger inward or suffering in silence.
I feel like I’m being fake to everyone around me. When I’m talking to my partner about something, I don’t feel like it’s me talking and that I’m just acting like I’m expected to. In those moments when I’m aware of my trigger happening and I turn off the rage and play nice, that rage is still inside, and I don’t know what to do with it. It physically hurts. When someone asks me how I am, 95% of the time I’m, “ok” because I don’t know how to describe how I feel. I freeze when someone asks how I am, and I feel uncomfortable.
I know that therapy has helped me. I mean, it’s been a long time since I screamed at anyone or punched a wall. It’s been a long time since I split with a close friend/community or had an obsessive friendship. Those are all things I have to consciously keep fighting though or it takes over and I lose control.
One thing I struggle with big time is seeing neutral facial expressions as negative. Something that most pwBPD experience. So, it seems like everyone is mad at or hates me. Like Monday, during the Heart Support stream Dan was going to do paintings for people in the community who have made healthy improvements, and someone nominated me. So, he made a beautiful fall leaf for me in watercolors, and it made me feel so good, but the whole time I had to fight the thoughts in my head that he was only doing it because he “accidently” read the nomination for me and felt obligated. I was interpreting his kind face as being disappointed that he couldn’t do it for someone else. I feel so horrible thinking those things and the fact that I have to constantly fight with myself over things like this is extremely exhausting.
The emptiness I feel is so overwhelmingly dark and it feels like there is no way out. I recently read it described… “People who experience chronic feelings of emptiness lack the capacity to experience themselves, others, or the world fully and there is a profound lack of emotional depth or sense of not being in the experience. Its grief, depression, loneliness and hopelessness all rolled up together. These feelings are often present all the time, even if life is going well.” It’s true and I feel bad for feeling like this.
When someone tells me goodbye and I know I’m going to be alone, it hurts.
I don’t want anyone who knows me to feel bad because there isn’t anything anyone has done to make me feel this way and I love you all dearly. The support and love everyone here gives me is what keeps me coming back.