20 Unexpected Coping Techniques for People With Borderline Personality Disorder

When you live with the borderline personality disorder (BPD), sometimes traditional coping techniques simply don’t work in the way you want them to. If you are facing thing like emotional instability and fear of abandonment — possibly in addition to trying to explain your experience to others who don’t understand — it can be hard to cope.

We know how difficult living with BPD can be for individuals affected, so we asked members of our mental health community who live with BPD to share one unexpected coping technique they use.

Here’s what they had to say:

1. “I watch horror movies! Hear me out: my head is just a slew of erratic emotions, so I need to occupy myself with something intense. Horror movies are very intense, and a big distraction, with the end of the movie being a huge sigh of relief from that intensity. It’s a feeling of relief I almost never get any other way. I suppose you could get the same feeling from action films if horror isn’t your thing.” — Morticia A.

2. “Boxing (hitting a heavy bag) has greatly helped with the rage. Lets me get it all out without being destructive.” — Liz T.

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