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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

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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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

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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?

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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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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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 do u get tested for borderline personality disorder?

How do u get tested for borderline personality disorder?

Get evaluated: See your mental health provider to get evaluated. A series of questions and behavior observations and if needed a psychological evaluation will help them make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Type of medications can treat borderline personality disorder?

Medications vary: While different types of medication can be used to treat various aspects of borderline personality disorder, individual psychotherapy is the cornerstone treatment for this condition. Augmentation of individual therapy, such as dialectical behavioral therapy (dbt), and group therapy may occur with medication classes including antidepressants and mood stabilizers including anticonvulsants and atypical antipsychotics. ...Read more

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Can you help me with this borderline personality disorder question?

Can you help me with this borderline personality disorder question?

What question?: I'm happy to help you with a question about borderling personality disorder -- but what do you want to know? ...Read more

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What happens when you get tested for borderline personality disorder?

What happens when you get tested for borderline personality disorder?

You get tx options: Depending on your presentation, your psychiatrist will discuss all your treatment options with you so you can make an informed decision. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can cope with a borderline personality disorder?

Can you tell me how I can cope with a borderline personality disorder?

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 more

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How come most people with borderline personality disorder cut themselves?

Cutting: People cut for a variety of different reasons. Cutting can allow someone who feels numb or empty to feel something. Cutting can cause physical pain which acts as a distraction from emotional pain. Some people use cutting as a form of self-punishment. Some people cut as a cry to help. Others may cut to let out evil humors. Cutting may be used as a coping mechanism (not a very healthy one). ...Read more

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Need expert advice! Where to be tested for borderline personality disorder?

BPD testing: A psychologist can run the mmpi which is a personality profile testing. ...Read more

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Some people get borderline personality disorder and other don't. Why is that?

People are different: Personality formation is a very complex thing. Inherited traits combine with what people learn from others over their entire life as well as impacts from the environment. Also, personality disorders are difficult to diagnose with certainty. It can help describe a person, but don't put too much confidence in such labels. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my girlfriend has borderline personality disorder. Help.?

Read a couple of: Books to start: I Hate You Don't Leave Me and Walking on Eggshells. There are support groups for partners of BPD's. Check with your local United Way or go on the web. She might also seek treatment with someone who knows about this particular condition. It is difficult to treat and takes a while. Currently, we think DBT is the best Tx. ...Read more

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How can family members or loved ones deal with a borderline personality disorder?

Be there. Be real.: Try to be consistent. Be supportive and empathic, but also remind the other of the reality of the situation. ...Read more

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Can you please explain borderline personality disorder like when budding in teen?

Can you please explain borderline personality disorder like when budding in teen?

With teens I try: Not to use personality disorders as a diagnosis. I assume that teenagers personalities are still developing and have not reached the rigidity that pds have. The upheaval in growth, hormones surging and rebelliousness usually pass and a clearer diagnosis of what is happening will come in time. It is hard for parents during these years. Putting a pd label onto a teen is premature and may do damaging. ...Read more

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