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How To Help Someone With Borderline Personality Disorder
EVAL: If you're talking about yourself as possibly having it, get a psychiatric evaluation for borderline PD symptomology and severity, and possible medication management. Then get a referral to a reputable clinician who specializes in borderline PD. Meds and therapy together are the most effective combination. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has shown a certain level of effectiveness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
See Below: Learn how to manage stress, how to become aware of symptoms, how to take care of yourself, learn good sleep hygiene; and most of all, work toward learning what triggered your initial episode. Having a "crisis card" -- with names of people to call, things to do, your supports will also be helpful. ...Read more
Long-term therapy: Generally, personality disorders are best treated with intensive, long-term psychotherapy with a skilled psychologist or psychiatrist. If you're in a social, work, or family relationship with someone who has a personality disorder, your situation is much different. Depending on intensity, you might consider seeking help yourself -- for education, and also because such relationships are painful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be a friend.: Be supportive. Offer to engage in activities like going for a walk, swimming, talking, catching a movie etc. Remember that no matter how much you care you can't fill another's emptiness or cure their depression. This is where professional mental health care comes in. Take care. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Borderline: Consult with a psychiatrist or other mental health practitioner, unless you know that that's the diagnosis for sure. If that is the diagnosis, talk to the person who made the diagnosis for guidance and direction. Other, counseling can help to develop skills and resolve some of the issues associated with borderline personality disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Borderline: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what borderline personality disorder means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
BPD: I don't believe it is truly possible to prevent the development of the actual disorder. However, if you are "at risk", which means you have some of the symptoms, but do not meet full diagnostic criteria; or if there is known family history of certain personality disorders, you may benefit from seeking professional help, ie, seeing a dialectial behavioral specialist early on. ...Read more
Not typically: Delusions are false beliefs that are internally consistent but based on a faulty premise. This is mostly seen in people who are paranoid. People with borderline personality may worry about, for example, people not liking them or avoiding them, but they typicaly know that this may not actually be the case. Their worries tend to be more interpersonal than typical paranoid delusions. ...Read more
Set boundaries: The most common issue in bpd is poor or inconsistent boundaries. Set personal space, time, texting, phone, social media boundaries with a trained professional. Often bpd individuals lack a proper perspective of how their boundaries are either too permissive or exploitive. ...Read more
Narcissistic PD: Treating narcissistic pd requires intensive, long-term psychotherapy with an experienced therapist. These people usually don't seek treatment until marital or work relationship problems cause enough distress to force the issue. They are exquisitely sensitive to slights or criticism, and intense shame and scathing rage can disrupt the therapeutic relationship. The therapist walks a thin line. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tough to treat: It is hard to treat any personality disorder because it is ingrained in the person's sense of self. Usually they do not think there is anything wrong with them and do not seek treatment unless someone else forces them to. If they also avoid social interactions they will try to avoid therapists, too. If they feel any discomfort with their behavior, that is where to try to help them. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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