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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


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How long does it take to diagnose a person with borderline personality disorder? I know I have it but I am waiting for a diagnosis.

How long does it take to diagnose a person with borderline personality disorder? I know I have it but I am waiting for a diagnosis.

See a psychologist: You must be at least 18 years of age with an established pattern of personality traits. The signs and symptoms of bpd can be very similar to other psychiatric disorders. Find a clinical psychologist who specializes in personality disorders or axis ii for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read more

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Is it possible for anyone under 18 to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

Yes: For many reasons, diagnosing personality disorders in teens is dicier. For example, teens may "try out" different personality styles that can look like a personality disorder but don't last. Even so, the diagnostic rules (dsm-iv) specify that most personality disorders, including bp, can be diagnosed under-age 18. The only added requirement is that symptoms must be present for at least a year. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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How do you recommend I discipline my 33 year old daughter diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

How do you recommend I discipline my 33 year old daughter diagnosed with borderline personality disorder?

Consistently: One of the biggest issues with borderline pd is the switching back and forth between fears of abandonment and engulfment -- wanting to be separate from, yet also wanting to cling to, parental figures. The best thing you can do is remain calm yourself, have clear consequences for behavior, and apply them consistently without becoming punitive. Hard task I know, but there it is. Ask her therapist. ...Read more

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I keep hearing that people are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, can you please explain what exactly it is in a clear way?

Most common: The most common symptom of bpd is unstable and intense emotional states and relationships both current and historical. Other symptoms such as aggression, depression, chronic feelings of emptiness emotionally and poor social and personal boundaries are often present as well. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder with narcissm. What does the "with narcissm" part mean? Does it mean I have NPD as well?

I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder with narcissm. What does the "with narcissm" part mean? Does it mean I have NPD as well?

BPD & Narcissim: Narcissim means that we tend to be very self-absorbed, see the world through our own eyes and not take into account the thoughts and feelings of others well. We can all go there at times but it can reach a point where interferes w/function and comfort and that is true Narcissim. NPD is more intense and you do not necessarily have that. Personality disorders are more difficult to treat. Peace. ...Read more

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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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I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Does this mean I am crazy?

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. ...Read more

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What can I do if my girlfriend is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. How to deal with it?

What can I do if my girlfriend is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. How to deal with it?

Borderline GF: If your girlfriend is suffering from borderline pd, you're probably suffering also -- from the behavior that comes with this diagnosis. There may be conflict over perceived or feared abandonment, impulsive aggression/rage, and high self-harm activities. However, with the diagnosis she has a chance to get the treatment she needs. See randi krieger & paul mason's book: http://tinyurl. Com/ly7272x. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and I get attached to men easily is that normal for a female with b.P. D?

Yes: In some ways it is almost diagnostic. People with borderline personality disorder often have very early and stormy attachments. I would recommend that you read a book entitled "I hate you, don't leave me". ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Can you tell me what this is and how to explain it to family and friends?

Borderline Personali: 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. Talk more with dr. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Engaged to my boyfriend. I love him. But I emotionally bully him and sometimes pinch him. Never mad.?

Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Engaged to my boyfriend. I love him. But I emotionally bully him and sometimes pinch him. Never mad.?

Get help now!: People with BPD commonly have miserable love relationships because of the type of symptoms you describe. There are several effective psychotherapies, dialectic behavioral therapy being the best studied. The best move would be to get help now rather than waiting until your BPD makes a mess of your relationship. ...Read more

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I was once diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and haven't been on medication for some years now. I feel as if it may be getting worse is that possible?

I was once diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and haven't been on medication for some years now. I feel as if it may be getting worse is that possible?

Borderline PD: Can wax and wane over a lifetime, but responds well to therapy, and oftentimes meds can help with some symptoms, depending upon the individual. If you feel as though youÂ’re having more trouble, please have an evaluation with a psychiatrist or psychologist. You can receive the appropriate treatment and referrals that way.
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I was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and I feel as if I was mis diagnosed my question is how do I get the diagnosis reversed?

Borderline PD: Borderline pd can underlie anxiety and depression, and describes chronic, fixed patterns of responding and interacting. It may take some time working with someone to see overall patterns. If you disagree with your psychiatrist's understanding of your difficulties, get a second opinion from another equally trained psychiatrist -- carefully reviewing your history and response to treatment. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder(bpd), but my mom refuses to believe it. what do I do?

I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder(bpd), but my mom refuses to believe it. what do I do?

Therapy: Assuming you have a psychotherapist/counselor I'd recommend planning a session for your mom to attend. You can then work on having a meaningful and non-threatening discussion about it. would also give your mom an opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder(bpd), but my mom refuses to believe it. What do I do?

Different approach: One option would be to try taking a different approach and sharing your difficulties in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Some people have a hard time understanding/accepting diagnosis. For example, many people w/ BPD have difficulties w/ emotion regulation. Provide mom w/ some examples. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder(bpd), but my parents refuses to believe it, what to do?

Education is the: Education is the best teach, things such as brochures, and any other information on the subjest is a good way of explaing your condition. Even support groups and therapist education on the subject can help greatly. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder this week and will be starting therapy next week. Should I get an MRI?

I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder this week and will be starting therapy next week. Should I get an MRI?

BPD: Good for you to start therapy. There is no reason at this time to get an MRI (of the brain?) if you mean in connection with BPD. However, talk about why you'd like an MRI in therapy. Also, let your primary doctor know if you have any physical symptoms that would justify an MRI. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Borderline Personality Disorder (Definition)

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 ...Read more