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Can it be that a 17 year old be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, it's possible: Yes, with clear indications a 17 year old can be diagnosed with borderline pd. And it can be lifesaving to deal with the pain these people are in, early. Characteristics include pervasive self-loathing, inability to regulate emotions (esp. Anger), tumultuous relationships, oscillation between fears of abandonment & intimacy, self-injury, and impulsiveness. Treatment is essential & possible!
Dr. Louis Cady
Dr. Louis Cady commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
While I agree with Dr. Pappas - that in a clear and unmistakable case the diagnosis can be made - I must point out that DSM-IV TR (our "diagnostic bible" in psychiatry) specifies that you have to be over the age of 18 to receive the diagnosis. Any doctor can place any diagnosis he/she thinks is appropriate. Frequently clinical reality does not reflect neat little diagnostic guidelines. I agree with Dr. Pappas that the sooner the diagnosis is made, the sooner interventions can begin.
Apr 28, 2013

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I think I have borderline personality disorder. How diagnosed?

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By seeing therapist: Best way to know is to see a psychiatrist or therapist to examine what's happening with you; they can help clarify. Bpd can overlap with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, & eating disorders. Some features: unstable, intense relationships; efforts to avoid abandonment; identity disturbance; impulsivity; suicidality; mood instability; chronic emptiness; inappropriate intense anger; dissociation.
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I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.Does this mean I am crazy?

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NO: No you are not crazy, limited percentage of people suffering from mental illness loose touch with reality and usually it is temporary under exacerbation situations, once remission take place, usually they regain control. Bpd is not associated with loss of touch with reality except in severe cases and for brief periods. See help, it is effective, good luck and feel better.
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I may have borderline personality disorder. How do I get diagnosed?

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