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    Overlapping Autistic and BPD Traits

    Sensitivity to Abandonment

    Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is common among Autists and Adhders. Rejection sensitivity is an intense sensitivity to rejection or perceived rejection. People with RSD often go to great lengths to avoid situations that cause them to feel rejected. They also have strong reactions when they perceive themselves as being rejected.

    A Diffuse Sense of Self

    A diffuse sense of self. A core feature of BPD is a “diffuse sense of self” or lack of “self-identity,” often resulting from early childhood development/trauma. High-masking autists, who learn to socialize through copying/becoming chameleons, often lack a true social identity

    Chronic Feelings of Emptiness

    These feelings are commonly reported among high-masking autistics. This likely is related to diffuse identity due to social masking. Many autists also experience a sense of emptiness during burnout and when not actively engaged in a task

    Social Difficulties

    Social interactions & maintaining long-term relationships can be challenging for both groups. However, the core reasons behind difficulty often have different origins and must be considered.

    Emotional Dysregulation

    Emotional dysregulation is a core feature of BPD. Autists also struggle with emotional dysregulation due to the autistic brain wiring/chemistry. Sensory overload and sensory meltdowns can also lead to emotional dysregulation

    Depersonalization and Derealization

    Depersonalization involves the sensation that a person’s body/self is unreal or altered in a strange way.

    Derealization involves the experience of the external world being bizarre, unreal, or dream-like.

    Insecure Attachment Style

    BPD is characterized by an insecure attachment style (typically anxious/preoccupied)

    Autistic people often experience insecure attachments. Autistic people are more likely to have an avoidant attachment style: One study found a higher rate of avoidant attachment styles among Autistic individuals. No association was found between anxious attachment and autistic traits

    Eating Disorders

    Both have a high % of eating disorders (may function as a method of self-soothing/gaining a sense of control)

    One study found that 53.8% of people with BPD met the criteria for an Eating Disorder (21.7% anorexia nervosa and 24.1% bulimia nervosa) (Salters-Pedneault).

    While the rates vary, most researchers agree that about 23% of people diagnosed with anorexia nervosa are Autistic. However, it is likely an underrepresentation due to the fact Autism often goes undiagnosed within this population

    Co-occurring Mood Disorders

    Both groups have an elevated risk of having co-occurring mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

    According to one study, 79% of Autists met the criteria for a co-occurring psychiatric tradition at least once in their life (Lever and Geurts).

    Major depressive disorder and PTSD commonly co-occur with BPD. One study reported 83% of those with BPD would meet the criteria for Major Depression at least once in their life

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    What have you gained?

    Getting interested in mental health and practicing mental health exercises and mindfulness has easily been the greatest gift I could have ever given myself. It's allowed me to not compare the best in others with the worst in myself, let go of anger, slow down, enjoy peace and quiet, and let life flow. What have mindfulness, therapy, or mental health exercises done for you?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is Empath1129. I'm here because I need some support. I was diagnosed with Fibro about 10 years ago. After years for meds on top of meds with little to no relief I just said screw it and stopped taking the meds. Started to do yoga and embraced my spirituality and I felt better then I had in many years, I still had Fibro but the everyday symptoms were manageable and the flares were further apart. However, a year ago I fell backwards and broke both my radius and ulnar in BOTH arms and injured my Sacral-iliac joint in my right hip. My right (dominant hand) needed surgery and developed CRPS and my SI joint has gotten to the point I am gonna need to get it fused. Needless, to say all this stress has caused my Fibro to be constantly flaring. I'm usually a very introverted person that keeps to myself but I just need to talk to some people who understand.

    #MightyTogether #Fibromyalgia

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    Christmas shopping with my parents! It was so fun!

    I know I am blessed though the rest of me seems a bit rubbish at the moment. I had a doctor's appointment where I was assaulted and now I have PTSD from it.
    It was a gynecological appointment and my first. I left blessing with bruises after being unable to walk, falling to the ground and landing on my hip.

    Sorry I am so behind on messages but I have been trying to focus on mental and emotional health. I am not ignoring you or anything I am just struggling. I am so glad we have a haven like The Mighty. I would be so lost without it.
    I have tried to report the doctor but it seems that they are trying to silence my voice.

    Any advice?

    Meanwhile I am enjoying some awesome new mystery books! I have a new favorite author!

    Thank you Mighty family! ❤️ I am blessed to know each and every one of you!

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    Mental health routines

    Many of us have physical health routines that we practice regularly without questions. These things include taking daily vitamins, brushing our teeth, healthy eating, and maybe even physical exercise. We do this because we know that if we don't, our physical health will decline. But how many of us practice mental health routines as well? How often do we practice gratitude, self-love, acceptance, forgiveness, peace, or stillness? If you want good mental health, please do take good care of your mind. Are there some things you do to take good care of your mind?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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    Deep breathing

    Normally when we breathe, we think we are breathing fully. But now that you are conscious of it, take in a big breath and see how much more room there is in your lungs to fill. When you practice bigger breaths, notice how this not only calms your body, but it also takes your mind off of things like anger. Does this help anyone?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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