LINDA C J TURNER Q & A with #LindaCJTurner

Surviving the BPD Parent

Dealing with a difficult family situation can be challenging, especially when it involves a parent with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

  1. Educate yourself: Learn more about borderline personality disorder to understand its symptoms, patterns of behavior, and its impact on relationships. Knowledge can empower you to cope better and set realistic expectations.
  2. Set boundaries: Establish clear boundaries with your father to protect your emotional well-being. Communicate your limits and be firm in enforcing them. This may involve limiting contact, avoiding triggering topics, or establishing guidelines for respectful behavior.
  3. Seek support: Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or a therapist who can provide emotional support and guidance. They can offer perspective, validate your experiences, and provide coping strategies.
  4. Practice self-care: Taking care of your own well-being is crucial when dealing with a challenging parent. Engage in activities that bring you joy, practice mindfulness or meditation, exercise regularly, and prioritize your mental and physical health.
  5. Develop coping strategies: Explore healthy coping mechanisms to deal with the stress and emotional challenges that may arise. This could include journaling, practicing deep breathing exercises, engaging in hobbies, or seeking professional therapy.
  6. Set realistic expectations: Recognize that you may not be able to change your father’s behavior or fully understand his perspective. Focus on your own growth and well-being rather than trying to fix or rescue him.
  7. Consider therapy: If possible, individual therapy or family therapy can be beneficial for you and your father. A qualified mental health professional can guide you through the process and help you develop effective strategies for dealing with difficult situations.

Remember, it’s important to prioritize your own well-being and safety in any difficult family situation.

© Linda C J Turner

By Linda C J Turner

Coaching and Therapy
Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy.
Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist.
REIKI Master.
I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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