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What symptoms does someone with borderline personality disorder have?

What symptoms does someone with borderline personality disorder have?

Intense Symptoms: The primary features of bpd are unstable interpersonal relationships, affective distress, marked impulsivity, and unstable self-image. Often they are very sensitive to the way others treat them, reacting strongly to perceived criticism. Impulsive behaviors such as alcohol or drug abuse, promiscuous and intense sexuality, gambling and recklessness in general are common. Treatment is a challenge. ...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


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Help please! What drugs could be prescribed to help someone with borderline personality disorder?

Help please! What drugs could be prescribed to help someone with borderline personality disorder?

Not drugs: Drugs are not definitive treatment for borderline pd, but are sometimes prescribed to help with specific symptoms like depression, anxiety, and mini-psychotic episodes. These would be antidepressants and low-dose antipsychotics. The most important treatment for borderline pd is psychotherapy aimed at assisting development through stuck areas. Also dbt therapy to help manage emotional pain. ...Read more

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What is the least painful way for someone with borderline personality disorder to leave their significant other?

What is the least painful way for someone with borderline personality disorder to leave their significant other?

DBT skills: Making the decision to leave your partner is difficult and likely to be hurtful, even if it's the right decision for you. Have you explored DBT? Initially designed for BPD, but there are so many powerful lessons we can all use in our lives (especially during a break-up). Look up a DBT self help book, or a therapist that can help teach you the skills through individual or group therapy. ...Read more

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Tips for maintaining a friendship with someone with borderline personality disorder?

Tips for maintaining a friendship with someone with borderline personality disorder?

A challenging task!: If you're certain you want to do this & really believe your reasons are healthy ones, it might be possible. Does the friend agree that they are borderline? If so, you can talk about it & how much you want the friendship to survive, your willingness to work through or wait out difficult times, etc. This sort of conversation could be a way for your friend to actually modify their way of relating. ...Read more

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Can someone with borderline personality disorder also have antisocial personality disorder?

Yes: These two personality disorders actually have some similarities and fall under the same group called cluster b personality disorders. ...Read more

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I need to know what's an ideal occupation for someone with borderline personality disorder?

A flexible one: Great question. I have worked with people with borderline personality disorder (bpd) who are some of the brightest, most creative, engaging people I have ever met. Bpd is something that can be helped with psychotherapy and medication and it does not define the person totally. With treatment, this person can do anything he or she desires. But as a general rule I would recommend more flexibility. ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone has borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: Pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships/self image/affect, with marked impulsivity, along with chronic feelings of emptiness, recurrent self injurious behaviors, unstable moods, inappropriate anger, transient stress-related paranoea or dissociation. ...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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How disabling can be for someone who has borderline personality disorder in the most severe cases?

AMAZINGLY: The depths of depression and the heights of mania can both have such turmoil that a person can be absolutely psychotic. That is totally disabling. Certainly needs a psychiatrist's knowledge of meds and other treatments. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they say people with borderline personality disorder know how to mirror someone?

What does it mean when they say people with borderline personality disorder know how to mirror someone?

Mirroring: In child development, mirroring between mother and child is a marker of loving empathy between them. Matching the child's needs with engaged face expressions, vocal tones, ; affection, the mother validates the child's age-appropriate need to be special. We still have some of these needs as adults. Bpd people are able to unconsciously tune into ; mirror their partner as an ideal, special person. ...Read more

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Can you please share your personal experiences with borderline personality disorder or with someone who has it?

Can you please share your personal experiences with borderline personality disorder or with someone who has it?

Normal to them: The person generally does not recognize that anything is wrong with them. That is part of the real problem. However you will alway recognize that they see things in a light that is generally in conflict with the way most people would see them. ...Read more

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What techniques do professionals use when working with someone who suffers from a borderline personality disorder?

What techniques do professionals use when working with someone who suffers from a borderline personality disorder?

Multiple therapies: People w/borderline pd benefit most from combined approaches. First, individual psychotherapy with someone skilled in object relations work, along with dialectical behavioral skills groups. The latter helps deal with intense affect, gaining skills and tools. Object relations-based psychotherapy provides insight into interpersonal difficulties, allowing change. Medications at times too. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has bpd (borderline personality disorder), and she wants to meet someone else with bpd?

My girlfriend has bpd (borderline personality disorder), and she wants to meet someone else with bpd?

Try online support: Try online support groups for bpd or a local in person support group. Many hospitals have them good luck & let us know how it goes. ...Read more

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Can give run down of borderline personality disorder? In case of one leaving boyfriend for someone else and missing the ex? But has similar symptoms

Instability: Borderline personality refers to a pattern of persistent instability of mood (sudden and dramatic changes), relationships (you're wonderful...You're terrible. In quick succession), self perception (changing views of who one is), self destructive behavior. ...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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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