My temper is causing me to be such a terrible mother and I hate it!

Maisha - posted on 09/24/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My temper is constantly out of control, & despite me trying to maintain an even temper, I still allow people to cause me to become full blown enraged, even in front of my five year old daughter! I feel absolutely terrible about it and therapy isn't helping! It upsets my daughter and scares her. Outside of praying on it, I don't know what more I can do. Any suggestions? I know I can not be the only mom with this issue?

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Cecilia - posted on 09/24/2013

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Talk therapy doesn't work for everyone. The only thing that actually helped me is made for Borderline Personality Disorder. It's called Dialectical Behavior Therapy, in short DBT.

Most of DBT is done as personal work and you meet as groups. Although with the internet now, you can find the worksheets and such for it online. I would suggest seeing if you can get your therapist to work with you through it.

http://www.psychologytools.org/dbt.html down at the bottom of the page under "other resorces" Understanding distress intolerance, will give you a general idea of the idea of one of the programs and one I think would help you. You do need to figure out your own triggers, this is where having a therapist comes in handy.

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Cecilia - posted on 09/24/2013

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You're welcome. Finding a group for it or one that takes someone who doesn't have BPD might be hard. Keep at it, depending on the size of your city/town you might have some luck.

Maisha - posted on 09/24/2013

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Thank you SO much. I'm looking into this right away. After today's explosion I had in front of my daughter, I feel so terrible that I'm unable to even sleep, so any help is VERY appreciated.

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