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What Helps Daniel, 44, With Borderline Personality Disorder

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Any medical information included is based on a personal experience. For questions or concerns regarding health, please consult a doctor or medical professional.

With our ongoing “What Helps Me” series, The Mighty is leaning into what sets us apart from other health sites: We aim to provide real health advice from real people who live it.

In this spirit, we asked our community for the best insights and tips they’ve developed for managing their conditions. As always, they responded with their unique health stories and we are happy to pass along their well-tested resources to you.

Today, we meet Mighty member Daniel. He is 44 years old and lives with borderline personality disorder.

Daniel, what helps you?

A white man with brown hair and blue eyes sits in a car and looks at the camera.

THE MIGHTY: What helps you most when your condition affects your physical health?

DANIEL: Practicing mindfulness [with] the Headspace app consistently helps me manage when my psychological symptoms manifest as physical pain. Practicing mindfulness not only helps diminish my physical pain, but it also helps me to do other things that have that effect as well, like exercising and eating properly.

What helps you most when your condition affects your mental health?

Practicing mindfulness through meditation is the most effective treatment I’ve found.

How do you cope when your normal self-care isn’t working?

Usually, I just have to wait it out. Sometimes I cannot cope, and when I can’t, I find that practicing acceptance is my best tool to help limit the duration of these episodes.

Thank you to Daniel for his contributions to our community. Did you find this helpful? Add your gratitude in the comments.

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Originally published: March 25, 2022
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