Co-Occurring Disorders Often Accompany Borderline Personality Disorder

People living and coping with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are often dealing with other mental health disorders at the same time. Health conditions that co-occur is called comorbidity. read more

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Has Evolved

There was a time when being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) was more than a bit discouraging. Effective treatments for the condition were almost non-existent, and there was little hope in terms of measurable recovery. The wonderful news today is that there are now a handful of effective therapies used to treat BPD and, […] read more

Borderline Personality Disorder Further Complicated by Substance Abuse

Comorbidity is a term describing two illnesses or conditions that are present together. One problem does not necessarily cause the other, but they appear in tandem often enough that they are considered medically linked. For the person with borderline personality disorder (BPD), substance abuse is often a comorbid problem. read more

The Different Faces of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a form of mental illness that can make a person’s life a roller coaster of emotions with friends and families along for the ride. People with this condition have often experienced childhood abuse or other traumatic life events. The resulting cacophony of negative emotions and behaviors makes it very difficult […] read more

Patterns Associated with Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is diagnosed when a person experiences unstable moods, behavior and relationships. It wasn’t until 1980 that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders listed BPD as a diagnosable illness. read more

Connecting With Others

Francine sat across from her psychiatrist with her arms wrapped around herself, rocking back and forth as she cried. “You’ve got to give me something to stop this,” she moaned. “Stop what, Francine?” her doctor asked. “Stop the way I feel when people don’t love me back!” she half-shouted. read more

Back From the Border: Recovery From BPD

Tara’s husband tells me how far his wife has come since the early days of their relationship and while he talks, Tara leans into him, sometimes nodding, occasionally smiling. I know the couple from a workshop for families of borderline personality disorder sufferers I help to coordinate. read more

Borderline Personality Disorder Differences Between Adolescents and Adults

The earlier that symptoms are recognized, the earlier treatment can begin, whether that’s management or recovery. Two doctors took that well-known truth and applied it to helping recognize early symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adolescents and adults. read more

Emotional Dysregulation in Borderline Personality Disorder

“Why do you always overreact to everything I say?” “You’re so sensitive.” “It seems like you’re just incredibly negative.” “I pretty much have to walk on eggshells whenever I’m around you for fear you’ll freak out about the most inconsequential things.” read more

Borderline Personality Disorder: ‘Manipulation’ Vs. Impulsivity

Shelly’s family had grown accustomed to what they considered her extreme reactions and attention-seeking behaviors, but friends, partly because they came and went so quickly, were often caught off guard. Even at 28, Shelly hadn’t yet figured out some friendship basics. read more