Doctor insights on:
Can Teens Under 18 Be Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personality DO Dx: 18 years & up.Get a more detailed answer ›
Please advise if it's common for bipolar disorder to be misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder?
Sometimes.: Yes, on the surface. Some of the characteristics are similar such as the mood instability, impulsivity, sleep disorder especially the hypomanic states. Unlike the bipolar disorder which have distinct periods of mania and depression lasting at least a week, borderline personality disorder shows a pervasive pattern of instability with extremes of idealization and devaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed At Age 18: Avoidant personality disorder is a condition in which the individual has a lifelong pattern of feeling very shy, inadequate, and overly sensitive to rejection. The age of onset is usually in young adulthood, but as with all personality disorders it cannot be diagnosed before age 18, when the individual is considered to be an adult. Recommended treatment: psychotherapy and medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it possible to be diagnosed with ocd, epilepsy, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety disorder at the same time?
I'm wondering why are people with borderline personality disorder often drawn to "helping" professions?
No minimum: Officially, there is no minimum age for bipolar d/o. In the past 25 yrs of practicing medicine-i have seen over 18, 000 kids. Out of those, I have had 3 patients who were four years old who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. All three had a very strong history from both sides of the family. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got a diagnoses of dsm axis 2 personality disorder with features of narcissistic, borderline, ocd, dependent and histrionic. Why such a loose defini?
"Features" only: Key word here is "features" of various personality types. The interviewer noted that you have a fixed pattern of relating to the world and others no matter what the situation (personality disorder). This apparently includes features found in several personality disorders but no definitive one stood out. Firmer delineation may come over time, but characteristics of these disorders may overlap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How disabling can be for someone who has borderline personality disorder in the most severe cases?
Can a person be high functioning (ceo, olympic athlete, doctor) and yet have extremely pervasive personality disorder?
In some cases, yes: Some people can be highly successful in the outer world, but miserable inside. The disturbance they have may be more pronounced in intimate relationships than in external achieving. I have known many high functioning people with character disorders such as narcissistic and borderline. Some have recognized their need for help, and have done the work required to recover. Ongoing process, tho'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can happen: Borderline personality can be present with a variety of conditions including those that have hallucinations. This symptom which indicates a serious break with reality should be treated as soon as possible . The treatment will probably include medication which can be very helpful whenever there are hallucinations. Of course a full evaluation will be necessary to determine the correct diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Common: Many of the difficulties associated with oppositional defiant disorder could be seen in a child with bipolar disorder. So, if a child truly has bipolar disorder, it will be best to explain the defiance and temper outbursts as part of the bipolar disorder, as opposed to using a separate diagnosis. When possible, it is always best to try to explain things with as few diagnoses as possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Teenagers with bipolar disorder have an ongoing combination of extremely high (manic) and low (depressed) moods. Highs may alternate with lows, or the person may feel both extremes at close to the same time. Bipolar disorder usually starts in adult life, before the age of 35. Although rare in young children, it does occur in teenagers. This illness can affect anyone. However, if one or both parent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How common is it for someone to have borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and bipolar disorder all together?
Co-occurence common: The "comorbidity" (co-occurrence) of personality disorders is high, so if someone meets the diagnostic criteria for *any* personality disorder (pd), they are likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for as many as four to six pds. This reflects (in part) a limitation of dsm-iv/5 (the psychiatric diagnostic manual). Bipolar mood disorder is a different animal, but can co-exist with a pd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been diagnosed with severe avoidant personality social anxiety disorder and depression, what are my treatment options, I'm fed up with life?
Your Dr can assess: for causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- How is antisocial personality disorder diagnosed in teens?
- Can a person with borderline personality disorder love?
- Can people with borderline personality disorder love?
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Treat borderline personality disorder with
- Borderline personality disorder in adults
- Women with borderline personality disorder
- Dissociative borderline personality disorder
- Talk to a pediatrician online