Intense emotions

1 Oct

Today I had an appointment with the therapist. We were talking about progress and I said how I have a hard time seeing progress. I guess I thought as I used DBT skills my emotions would be less intense and easier to regulate. That hasn’t been the case, if anything my emotions are more intense probably because I’m dealing with a lot of stressors. I mention it seems they just get more and more intense like they are trying to break me. Apparently the progress is in my behavior and the external stuff rather than the internal stuff. I wanted to talk more about the flash backs but kept jumping around instead. Not sure I really accomplished anything in therapy today. 

4 Responses to “Intense emotions”

  1. Joyce October 1, 2015 at 3:28 PM #

    Sometimes feeling intense emotions is progress. It means that you’re allowing yourself to feel your emotions rather than using the wrong coping methods to push them away (i.e. self-harm, self-sabotage). Sometimes with DBT, things get worse before they get better. It might just mean that therapy is working. Ask your therapist about it. Hope this helps.

    (hugs) ❤

    • mm172001 October 1, 2015 at 4:16 PM #

      I think there is merit to what you’re saying about tolerating vs unhealthy coping just to get them to go away. The worsening has more to do with other things that come up like PTSD, it seems if something calms down another ramps up. The voices have been down the emotion intensity is up. Thank you for your comment it does help and a lot of people say I’m making progress, so maybe they’re right.

  2. manyofus1980 October 8, 2015 at 7:39 PM #

    My therapists says recovery isnt linear. And it isnt. I can see it now. I’m sure you are making progress and I bet your therapist doesnt think therapy was pointless. XX

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