I hate the term “relapsing.” In the context of recovery from mental illness, it implies that healing is a linear process, and to relapse is to regress or backslide. People who live with mental illnesses know that symptoms and unhealthy coping mechanisms can burst through our functioning, particularly during times of great stress, even with meaningful healthcare and support. Unfortunately, there’s no clearer term to describe what I’ve been experiencing lately—an onset of symptoms associated with my PTSD, and an inability to manage some of my more damaging BPD behaviours.
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