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borderline personality and alcoholic police restraining orders, what to do?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Get treatment!: If your borderline personality d/o is getting you into trouble with the police, it's definitely time to get into treatment. You may need both alcohol/substance abuse treatment and therapy for your personality issues. Please see a psychiatrist and/or psychologist experienced in working with these problems. Dialectical behavioral therapy is one approach that can help with emotional storms, etc.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
DBT: Dbt, or dialetic behavioral therapy, formulated and developed by marsha linehan, pH.D. Is currently though of as being very effective. Just about the biggest goal of this kind of therapy for this kind of disorder is to maintain boundaries.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of a borderline personality.?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Rapid mood swings: Bpd is a long-term inability to manage strong emotions, coupled with lack of a stable sense of self. Sensitivity to abandonment/rejection, self-harming behavior (suicide gestures), black/white thinking ("splitting"), & fast mood swings are common. Long-term psychotherapy is often difficult but very helpful, & sometimes medications can help treat symptoms of overwhelming feelings in the meantime.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are there different options for treating borderline personality?

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Dr. K. Olson
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Psychiatry 39 years experience
Yes: Therapies include psychoanalytic (often transference-based), cognitive behavior, and dialectical behavior therapy. Many have comorbid emotional illnesses and treating them can help. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, bipolar affective disorder, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, and substance abuse disorders are not infrequent. Mood stabilizers and antipsychotics help some.
A 52-year-old member asked:

Are there effective alternative therapies for borderline personality?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
DBT is most common: Dialectical behavior therapy (dbt) is a system of therapy originally developed by marsha m. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the university of washington, to treat people with borderline personality disorder (bpd) .[1][2] dbt combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Help me out here: what is borderline personality?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Poor self soothing: Wikapedia list is thus: borderline personality disorder: extreme "black and white" thinking, instability in relationships, self-image, identity and behavior often leading to self-harm and impulsivity. Borderline personality disorder is diagnosed in three times as many females as males.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

I'm concerned. What symptoms go with borderline personality?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Borderline personali: The main feature of borderline personality disorder (bpd) is a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image and emotions. People with borderline personality disorder are also usually very impulsive. They are prone to emotional instability with outburst of anger or rage, which cause problems at both work and at home in their relationships.

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