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A 30-year-old member asked:

Some people get borderline personality disorder and other don't. why is that?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
People are different: Personality formation is a very complex thing. Inherited traits combine with what people learn from others over their entire life as well as impacts from the environment. Also, personality disorders are difficult to diagnose with certainty. It can help describe a person, but don't put too much confidence in such labels.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Borderline : There is no easy answer to this. Borderline personality disorder, as well as the human condition in general are shaped by genetic factors in combination with environmental factors.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why is it so important for people with borderline personality disorder to have boundaries?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Great question: Persons with bpd are flooded with emotion, & manage this by clearly "splitting" good from bad, right from wrong, etc. This organizes the feelings & gives a sense of control. For this reason, clear unambiguous boundaries are calming; without them, the person feels agitated. Everyone needs boundaries to feel safe & in control, but this is especially true of people with bpd.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

If I have borderline personality disorder, can I get disability benefits?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Legal matter mostly: Disability from the legal stance is getting harder to obtain for mental health issues. The stigma of mental illness plays a role here, as courts and lawyers are disinclined to believe that any mental health condition is disabling. If concurrent medical issues are present, i usually advise clients to seek disability for them and add the mental health component secondarily.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

I have all of the symptoms of borderline personality disorder. How do I get diagnosed?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Borderline: Aspects of borderline personality disorder include intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility. Do not diagnose yourself. Seek a full psychiatric evaluation to find out mo
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What happens when you get tested for borderline personality disorder?

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Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 39 years experience
You get tx options: Depending on your presentation, your psychiatrist will discuss all your treatment options with you so you can make an informed decision.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

I may have borderline personality disorder. How do I get diagnosed?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
It is hard: Personality disorders are difficult to live with and hard to treat. Usually if u have a personality disorder u do not realize that u have a problem, people close to u do. If u have been told u have one and are asking for help that is a major step. Follow through and speak to a therapist. They will start with what's bothering u, which is your healthier side and move on from there. It will take time.
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