I’ve certainly experienced similar situations before. But why this time?
What had caused it?
- social / sensory overload; being out and about in different situations
- I describe this more fully in my blog on Social Overload, but basically I’d had a couple of days where things like noise / unwanted physical contact were overwhelming me
Why was I experiencing it?
- my brain just needed to let me know that I’d pushed it too far
- dissociation can play a big part in Borderline Personality Disorder
- the trauma I experienced in my past have set up my fight or flight response to ‘flight’ by default; this ‘flight’ usually takes the form of complete shutting down of my brain functioning to the extent that it doesn’t relate to my body
How did it feel?
- extreme tiredness coupled with inability to rest
- when I touched my body I couldn’t always tell where it was being touched
- I also couldn’t tell that I was touching myself – I had to concentrate so hard on making physical contact in order to relate that the touching and the feeling of being touched were both coming from me
- the bottom line is that it can be extremely scary and it takes a lot of reasoning with yourself that it will be alright – eventually
- feeling vulnerable and weepy; that tends to signal the end
- there are other terms for this particular experience
- it doesn’t signal a Borderline Personality Disorder although it can be a significant feature for some individuals
- I only experience it as part of my BPD and not as part of any other diagnoses so I cannot comment on these
- I am not an expert – and I’m not posting this as an expert; these are my own, individual experiences