From our archives: Guest blogger, Paul Dooley, talks about his experience with anxiety. “Fear is without a doubt a world-class attention grabber. And in 1999 it had me glued to myself. After experiencing my first panic attack, I spent several months possessed by worry.”Read More
A lot of people have heard about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) but don’t really understand what it is. Let’s take a look at some symptoms, causes and treatments of BPD to form a greater understanding and appreciation of this condition.
Although there is still much to learn about BPD, generally speaking it is characterized by impulsive or reckless behaviors, volatile or unstable relationships, and difficulty in managing emotions. Other symptoms of BPD may include:
- Attempts to avoid abandonment
- Unstable self-image
- Mood instability
- Self-damaging behaviors (for example, substance abuse or suicidal threats/attempts)
In addition, BPD often occurs simultaneously with other disorders such as depression and substance abuse. BPD is sometimes confused with Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPB), but differs because HPB is more frequently characterized by attention seeking behaviors whereas BPD is defined by a lack of emotional control and interpersonal difficulties. Like many mental disorders, the causes of BPD are complicated, varied, and not fully understood. However, researchers think that a combination of genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the development of BPD.
Recent statistics suggest that in a given year BPD occurs in about 1.6% of the total population. Treatment for BPD usually consists of psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. The best way to get treatment for BPD is to work with a licensed psychologist who has clinical experience working with clients who have exhibited symptoms consistent with BPD. If you suspect that you or a loved one is struggling with BPD, please contact support today!
For more information about Bipolar Personality, please consider these resources:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Borderline Personality Self-Help Resources
- Borderline Personality Resource Center: Back from the edge video
- National Education Alliance: Helping a family member with Borderline Personality Disorder
- National Alliance on Mental Health: Information helpline – 1-800-950-6264
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This is the second of a three-part series of articles on what a psychologist has to say about guilt. Guilt is manipulative, and in this case more indirect, i.e., covert, but controlling. Here is a short example.Read More
Anxiety has been described as fear without an object; that is, we don’t always know what makes us uneasy. Guilt is a little like that. We don’t always have in our awareness the cause of what is bothering us. We just know “something is not right.”Read More