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Doctor insights on: Self Help For Borderline Personality Disorder

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Can someone have borderline personality disorder and not engage in risky sex, gambling or self harm but instead have things like road rage and anorexi?

Can someone have borderline personality disorder and not engage in risky sex, gambling or self harm but instead have things like road rage and anorexi?

Yes , it is possible: Yes, the scenario you describe is possible. As you know all the possibilities that you describe are very serious and potentially dangerous behavior. Therapy can be very helpful to people who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. ...Read more

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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I have borderline personality disorder. I'm told exercise is good but it raises my frustration and usually causes me to self harm. Why is this?

I have borderline personality disorder. I'm told exercise is good but it raises my frustration and usually causes me to self harm. Why is this?

Avoid "Why?": "Why?" can be seen as a life sentence. Answers are rare and even if you find one, usually useless. You say you are 'told' it's good - do you agree? if not - you may be angry at being pushed around. That's often at the basis of violence - outward and inward. Successful persuasion may be needed, not ordering you about. Also, healthy activity need not be exercise. For now, settle for active. ...Read more

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Borderline personality disorder more about self-harm or harming others and avoidant personality disorder more about caring too much, is this correct?

Borderline personality disorder more about self-harm or harming others and avoidant personality disorder more about caring too much, is this correct?

Not necessarily: Borderline personality disorder is more about intense and often unstable moods. This may result in harm to self or others. Avoidant personality disorder is more about social fears, anticipation of rejection and feelings of inadequacy. People with avoidant personality disorders are also prone to self-harm. ...Read more

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I'm constantly depressed, anxious, feel empty, not sure of self, people pleasing, and get sad easily. Do I sound like borderline personality disorder?

I'm constantly depressed, anxious, feel empty, not sure of self, people pleasing, and get sad easily. Do I sound like borderline personality disorder?

Conditions overlap: Although the symptoms you describe certainly are experienced by those diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, they are also characteristic of other personality disorders. They are also present in primary mood and anxiety disorders. Recommend seeing a mental health professional who can gather more background information in order to do a complete assessment and appropriate treatment. ...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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Can you suggest how to get good help for borderline personality disorder?

DBT: Dbt, or dialetic behavioral therapy, formulated and developed by marsha linehan, pH.D. Is currently though of as being very effective. ...Read more

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How would i get help for borderline personality disorder without telling my mom?

Confidentiality: If you are an adult then you can go to a psychologist or other mental health professional for help with borderline personality disorder and your mother never has to know about it. Just about anything you tell a psychologist is confidential. If you are a minor then you will need your legal guardian's consent to have treatment but you can still share private things with the psychologist. ...Read more

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I need some tips to help deal with borderline personality disorder family member?

I need some tips to help deal with borderline personality disorder family member?

Boundaries: Keeping consistent boundaries will be helpful for you and your family member. Talk openly about what you feel comfortable with and what you don't. This is a great skill to model for someone who has BPD. ...Read more

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Does medication always help borderline personality disorder?

Does medication always help borderline personality disorder?

Always?: No medication has been proven effective in the trwatment of bpd. However, medications are prescribed to diminish some symptoms of the disoder, such as mood swings, dep, anxiety, impulsivity, etc., bpd is more of a psychologically-based condition, rather than a physiologically- based disoder. Consequently, intensive long-term therapy is generally the treatment indicated, although meds play a role. ...Read more

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What meds can help with symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

Several: Although the primary treatment for bpd is psychotherapy, many kinds of meds can ease symptoms. Antidepressants (esp ssris) are often used for depression & anxiety. Buspar, beta-blockers, antihistamines, & benzodiazepines can help anxiety. Neuroleptics can calm severe agitation. Mood stabilizers can decrease mood swings. The trick is not to overdo meds & create side effects (ie, more problems). ...Read more

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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