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Dr. Alan Ali
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Borderline Personality Disorder (Overview)

A severe personality disorder, characterized by a very fragile self-esteem, highly volatile interpersonal relationships, and extreme mood and behaviors. This illness is often confused with bi-polar and drug intoxication states. Therapy (CBT and DBT) takes a long time to be effective.


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What is the simplest way to define a person with borderline personality disorder?

What is the simplest way to define a person with borderline personality disorder?

Stably unstable: A person with borderline personality disorder shows a pervasive pattern of unstable relationships, mood, and identity throughout adult life. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
371 doctors shared insights

Borderline Personality Disorder (Overview)

A severe personality disorder, characterized by a very fragile self-esteem, highly volatile interpersonal relationships, and extreme mood and behaviors. This illness is often confused with bi-polar and drug intoxication states. Therapy (CBT and DBT) takes a long time to be effective.


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How does a person with borderline personality disorder cope with living alone?

Treatment: Treatment of bpd involves both psychotherapy and medication, there is no single treatment modality that helps the person and there are no magic cures. Please seek help, current advances in treatment are amazingly helpful good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Go to cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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Is severe irritability be a symptom of a borderline personality disorder?

Is severe irritability be a symptom of a borderline personality disorder?

Could be: Irritability is a symptom common to many conditions, including mood disorders, sleep disorders, use/withdrawal from substances, and others. Medical causes also need to be ruled out. Borderline personality disorder is a pervasive maladaptive behavior pattern involving instability in relationships, emotional regulation, self-perception, and mood often with extremes in behavior & thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

How can I relieve the symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

Effective Treatment: To relieve the symptoms of borderline personality disorder, and generally with all personality disorders, effective treatment which includes various forms of psychotherapy and medication management is best. Treatment is usually long term but can be helpful. Treatment of any other psychiatric conditions such depression or anxiety is extremely important. Prognosis varies upon severity. ...Read more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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How can I tell if my symptoms are signs of borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: I would suggest that you begin with a consultation with a psychiatrist, and then go from there. Help is available! ...Read more

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Is it possible to not react badly to a diagnosis of borderline/personality disorder?

Yes: While serious, i often find the diagnosis of bpd to be a relief for a great many patients. It explains an awful lot of issues and there is treatment for it. A great deal of diagnosing in general is about the delivery of 'bad' or difficult information to your patient in a professional and understanding matter. Bedside manner counts here. ...Read more

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure that your child's evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
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If applicable, join a special education organization for parents
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What age is a person old enough to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

What age is a person old enough to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

Usually 18, but: Some adolescents can be diagnosed earlier if the behavior patterns have been consistently present for at least a year. Technically though, age 18 is the agreed-upon age because adolescents can be quite changeable before then. ...Read more

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Is there a trustful test to see if someone has borderline personality disorder?

Is there a trustful test to see if someone has borderline personality disorder?

Can Harm 2 Rush This: Consider finding a caring, knowledgeable psychiatrist or clinical psychologist skilled in assessment. Ideally, 2identify personality qualities that r really hurting a person & her/his relationships, it's impt 2spend time getting 2know the person 2be able 2understand whatever "symptoms" they're experiencing in the context of their life history & current circumstances. Can do harm by rushing this. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure your OCD is not a possible side effect of any of your medications
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I've taken multiple tests and all told me I have borderline personality disorder. What should I do?

Seek Help: It sounds like you have evidence of difficulties that are likely to interfere with your daily life. It would be worthwhile for you to seek out an appointment with either a mental health provider to look at treatment options. When seeking a provider it would be good to ask if he/she is experienced in treating borderline personality disorder. ...Read more

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How would you behave if you have borderline personality disorder?

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Borderline: I would be sensitive to criticism, quick to react, my moods fluctuate, I do things before thinking about consequences, I would have hard time finding stability in relationships, and I would have low self-esteem & poor self-image. If I am not in treatment, I might inflict self injuries to get relief of tension. ...Read more

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Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder (Checklist)

Buy a white light box, and use it daily
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Stick to a strict sleep schedule
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Keep a regular schedule
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Keep in touch with your friends and family members
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Are there any theories of what can cause Borderline Personality disorder? When symptoms start showing at a young age

Are there any theories of what can cause Borderline Personality disorder? When symptoms start showing at a young age

Yes, & they are very: Complex. Research is finding genetic factors that influence biological vulnerability to BPD triggered by chronic stress & parental inability to recognize & respond to the child's distress. > 8,000 genetic disorders are associated with BPD. Deficits in specific brain functions on neuropsychological tests & abnormalities in specific areas of the brain on MRIs are found in people with BPD. ...Read more

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Went to see psychiatrist and she said that I might borderline personality disorder. What is it or what does it mean?

Went to see psychiatrist and she said that I might borderline personality disorder. What is it or what does it mean?

Dr. Linehan's Story: Dr marsha linehan, respected psychologist credited w/developing approach 4 treating borderline personality disorder -dubbed "dialectical behavior therapy"- herself had been diagnosed w/ bdp. Read her story via @nytimes: http://nyti. Ms/yxtgz8 > dbt skills help foster development of strong sense of self... Help teach people 2 self-soothe & communicate feelings- including difficult/intense emotions. ...Read more

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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
Daily
Balance work and play
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Know your limits
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Visit your doctors regularly
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Type of medications can treat borderline personality disorder?

Medications vary: While different types of medication can be used to treat various aspects of borderline personality disorder, individual psychotherapy is the cornerstone treatment for this condition. Augmentation of individual therapy, such as dialectical behavioral therapy (dbt), and group therapy may occur with medication classes including antidepressants and mood stabilizers including anticonvulsants and atypical antipsychotics. ...Read more

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Which medication is good for treating borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: No medicine treats personality disorder per se. Medications are used to manage symptoms of associated disorders such as depression/anxiety/disorganized thought processes. ...Read more

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Managing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Checklist)

Find a therapist who specializes in PTSD
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Join a support group with others who are dealing with PTSD
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Consider eye movement desensitization and reprocessing as a form of treatment, and discuss it with a therapist
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Learn relaxation techniques that will help you when flashbacks occur
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How can I get treatment for borderline personality disorder?

How can I get treatment for borderline personality disorder?

Make an appointment: With a therapist in your area who deals with this problem. ...Read more

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Can you cure borderline personality disorder?

Can you cure borderline personality disorder?

U might be surprised: U might be surprised 2 learn that dr marsha linehan, respected psychiatrist credited 4 developing new approach 4 treating borderline personality disorder (dubbed "dialectical behavior therapy") herself had been diagnosed w/ bdp. Read short version of her story via @nytimes: http://nyti. Ms/yxtgz8 who knows, u may learn 2 develop strong sense of self & become world's greatest self-soother + communicator of feelings! ...Read more

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I cut when depressed, bored, stressed, upset, in pain. I've been diagnosed with major depressive disorder recurring and borderline personality disorder. I have tried to commit suicide 9 times in the last year. I used to abuse alcohol and drugs. Now i

I cut when depressed, bored, stressed, upset, in pain.  I've been diagnosed with major depressive disorder recurring and borderline personality disorder.  I have tried to commit suicide 9 times in the last year.  I used to abuse alcohol and drugs.  Now i

Full question: Was cut off. You have some serious medical issues. Not knowing the full extent of your question I would recommend speaking with your physician asap. If you are feeling suicidal please go immediately to the er or all the suicide hotline. ...Read more

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I have borderline personality disorder. Is it ok to just avoid close relationships? To prevent hurting both myself and other people?

Temporarily: It will be hard to avoid all close relationships for the remainder of your life. Getting therapy as to how to effectively manage close relationships and really discuss and be honest about new relationships helps. Developing plans to better manage relationships and relationship triggers is also helpful. ...Read more

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What is borderline personality disorder?

BPD is a serious: Borderline personality disorder (bpd) is a serious mental illness marked by unstable moods, behavior, and relationships
problems with regulating emotions and thoughts
impulsive and reckless behavior
unstable relationships with other people. ...Read more

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What is borderline personality disorder?

What is borderline personality disorder?

Borderline PDO: Feel empty often? Impulsive? Intense anger? Marked mood swings? Suicidal thoughts / behaviors? Self mutilation? Frantic efforts to avoid losing people in your life? Intense & unstable relationships? Difficulty figuring out who you are? Feel like others are out to get you or just lose time when stressed? Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Psychiatry lists diagnostic criteria. Discuss w your Dr. ...Read more

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What is borderline personality disorder?

What is borderline personality disorder?

Borderline : BPD have ffg symptoms — marked disturbance of identity — splitting of thinking
— frantic effort to avoid abandonment — impulsive and dangerous behaviour
— intense and uncontrollable emotional reactions often disproportionate to event
— have unstable relationships — self damaging behavior
— distorted self-image
— dissociation — associated depression, anxiety anger and substance abuse ...Read more

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What exactly borderline personality disorder?

What exactly borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: 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. ...Read more

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What is borderline personality disorder like?

What is borderline personality disorder like?

Borderline PD: Borderline pd is very, very insecure about self -- and is frantically trying to hold on to the other person. Very fearful of abandonment & being alone. Also, very impulsive, with frequent intense & inappropriate anger when disappointed. Prone to both overvaluing and repudiating others quickly. Has repeated crises, and acts of self-injury like arm & wrist-cutting. Feeling empty & bored, often. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more