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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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How can people with aspergers deal with people with a mood disorder such as borderline personality disorder?

How can people with aspergers deal with people with a mood disorder such as borderline personality disorder?

Confusing: Borderline personality d/o is not at basis a mood disorder, but does have instability of moods/affects as well as sense of identity and relationships with others. They fluctuate between fears of abandonment and fears of intimacy, and are in general much more distressed than someone with asperger's. In asperger's the person misses social cues, and may not "get" why the borderline pd is upset. ...Read more

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I take lyrica for mood and irritability associated with borderline personality disorder, can I take it as needed instead of every day? Causes munchies

Not clear: Lyrica is approved to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, partial onset seizures & fibromyalgia. It can take 2 to 4 weeks to get adequate pain relief. Off-label uses (which account for most prescriptions) include panic disorder, migraine prophylaxis, social phobia, bipolar disorder & alcohol withdrawal. I don't know of any studies showing dosing needs for bpd. ...Read more

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I think I have a borderline personality disorder: i self harm, had 2 suicidal attempts. My moods fluctuate, i hate myself, have an avoidant personalit?

I think I have a borderline personality disorder: i self harm, had 2 suicidal attempts. My moods fluctuate, i hate myself, have an avoidant personalit?

Good Tx available: First of all it's best to not self diagnose. See a clinical psychologist and/or psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment. If you do have bpd, there are highly effective treatments. Mindfulness approaches like dbt and energy psychology can be beneficial with the right therapist. Certain medications are also helpful. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder by a psychiatrist, my doctor doesn't agree and says i had labile mood problems. Do i nothave bpd?

I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder by a psychiatrist, my doctor doesn't agree and says i had labile mood problems. Do i nothave bpd?

need more info: "labile mood" is always part of borderline personality disorder, but it can have other causes too. It is odd that your doctor would contradict a good psychiatric evaluation. Perhaps s/he doesn't trust the psychiatrist or perhaps s/he is offering opinions outside his/her area of expertise. Get a 2nd opinion from a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist you can both trust. ...Read more

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Could I have bipolar-like mood swings in borderline personality disorder. What are the mood swings like in bpd?

Often confused: They are very different conditions. Sometimes doctors (including psychiatrists) who don't really understand personality disorders mistake bpd for bipolar ii, because both involve labile mood (mood swings), and people with both conditions have depressive episodes. People with bpd do not have true manic or hypomanic episodes. Bpd is treated with psychotherapy, bipolar disorder with medication. ...Read more

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Which is better for borderline personality disorder n mood swings?Prozac, topamax, paxil, effexor, lexaproor wellbutrin?

Depends: Any of those drugs may be useful under certain circumstances. It's important to recognize the drug is an adjunct to the primary treatment, which is long term psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Is it likely to have a stable relationship and have borderline personality disorder?

Is it likely to have a stable relationship and have borderline personality disorder?

It's possible: One of the hallmarks of bpd is unstable relationships. But like most matters in psychiatry, it isn't 100%. It's entirely possible for someone with bpd to have a stable relationship, especially with someone who is consistent and trustworthy. Also, bpd varies in severity. There are mild cases that are hardly recognizable as bpd, and where stable relationships are not only possible but likely. ...Read more

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I have borderline personality disorder and don't know how to deal with it. Can it be cured?

Yes, but...: Treatment of any personality disorder requires years and years of treatment with a therapist who is experienced at treating personality disorders. The process is not easy for the patient or the therapist, so few therapists are willing and competent to do so. However, it can be done and is worthwhile despite the pain. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Borderline Personality Disorder (Definition)

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition consisting of mood swings, ...Read more