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Hi all,

Just wanted to pop in and introduce myself. I'm a 48-year-old single mum of a delightful 9-year-old, the light of my life. I have had various diagnoses over the years, but the ones that have stuck are schizoaffective disorder, BPD traits and social anxiety. I am currently stable and doing well, but do have my moments! I am on disability but I also work part-time from home to supplement my income. I see a psychiatrist every 2 months (I actually think I found a good one this time, but the jury is still out on that) and I am seeing a trauma therapist once a month. I have had a lot of therapy over the years, including CBT, Schema, Jungian, Acceptance and commitment therapy and supportive psychotherapy. They have all helped, to a degree. I have skills I didn’t have before and my life isn't chaotic and tumultuous like it once was. I think the work I am doing now, actually dealing with what caused my BPD issues in the first place, is what I have been looking for all these years. I still struggle with feeling empty and am very socially isolated because I don't trust people, so I am hopeful that this therapist can help me with that. We are doing bodywork at the moment.

Anyhoo, that's me. Glad to be here and hope to find my way around and participate as I'm able. Take care.
Simone xx
 
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Hi and welcome!!
I also have BPD
The key for me was actually working out what caused the issues in regards to BPD. Its an interesting journey. I have little blips on the way but they are less and less now,separating from my husband helped,that control&negativity
It sounds like you have come a long way, awesome to hear.
The forums a great place to be, with the support of like minded people,
take care
 
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Hi @Simone70 and :welcome: to the forum.

We are glad to have you here.
Sounds like you are on the right track.
I can relate on the isolation issue. life Is becoming busier and busier and people are living more isolation than any other time. Technology plays a big role in isolating people nowadays. Yes, true we connect with people all over the world but it doesn’t replace the traditional ways of seeing and having face to face conversations.

I hope you find comfort here and make new friends.
 
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Thanks for the welcome you guys. I'm glad to hear that you are finding some peace megirl. Hopeful, my isolation is more self-imposed because of my anxiety and BPD issues. I prefer being alone (except for my son!).

Thanks again!
 
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Sometimes I find that I'm better with a couple of close friends than many.
I have my dog and I prefer him to a lot of people I know.
Until a year ago I have never lived on my own. Sometimes I get a little money, but I'm enjoying my freedom not having to answer to others.
Ive got my identity back which is empowering
 
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We have two cats and a dog. Our puppy is only 7 months old. We adore all of them. I'm glad you're enjoying your freedom. Go megir!
 
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Animals can be so therapeutic, a puppy how lovely
 
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I agree. He is a maltese X poodle and an absolute delight. He is booked in to get the snip next week, so he might be a little calmer after that. He's a little livewire!
 
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Beautiful,my mother-in-law absolutely adored poodles, she had several of them.
A poodle Maltese cross sounds gorgeous.
Yes we got mine the snip at about 6 months,it does quieten them down a bit,also then other male dogs dont tend to be so aggressive towards them
Yes puppies can keep you busy
 
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He is gorgeous and yep, very busy. He is also in need of a clip, so it’s clip and snip week next week! :D
 
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I've got a 10 year old,pointer he used to be more attached to my ex than me,
But hes not interested when the ex has come around,hes devoted to me now, and loves all the affection I give him
And of course all that he gives to me hes worth a million
 
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Oh, how lovely. We had dobermans and a weimeraner when I was growing up, among many others. The affection they give is just priceless, isn't it? One of my cats is currently laying on my desk in front of me, after insisting on her usual big smooch which includes her cute little head bumps and lots of dribbling...lol. I don't have much space for my keyboard! I wouldn't miss out on her head bumps though. She was a stray cat we found in our driveway as a 10-week old kitten, so she is quite shy with others and doesn't like being picked up. She shows her affection in other ways. :)
 
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Weimerananers are of similar shape just a bit smaller and with different coloring. Dobermans are rather handsome looking dogs,very athletic. Your cat sounds like shes got a pretty neat personality,
My dog always make me laugh.
The other week I had him off the lead in the local park,there's a community pool, and he got in there wanting to jump in,the staff were so nice about it, I could have been in so much trouble, i so couldn't stop laughing even thinking about it now it was so funny
 
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He wanted a swim thank you very much! lol Does he like the beach? My maltipoo has been a few times now and loves to dig more than swim. My parents named our Weimeraner Liebshen which I think means darling in German. She was a very sweet girl. My mum had one litter of puppies with Inga, the female dobe and I remember climbing into the puppy pen and just being literally covered by puppies. Lots of fun!
 
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He most certainly did lol
He didn't even have to pay to get in.
He absolutely loves the beach. There's a river about 15 minutes walk away he could stay at the river all day long.
It's lovely we go down there just me and him happy in our own world its lovely, not too sure who loves being down there most
 
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