Borderline Personality Disorder: Stigma, Prejudice in Treatment World

When I was in training to become a psychotherapist, one of my field supervisors relayed a story about her own training at a major psychiatric facility. At the weekly team meeting, at which interns, supervisors and medical staff presented new cases, the medical director would often interrupt the presentations by making a gesture that stopped […] read more

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Story of Treatment

While studying to become a therapist, I had been warned about borderline personality disorder (BPD)—a condition that is considered notoriously difficult to treat. Borderlines, as some burnt-out professionals refer to people struggling with this disorder, have great difficulty regulating emotions. Often labeled drama kings or queens, tears, shouting, threats, physical violence and self-harm were all […] read more

Borderline Personality Disorder, One of the Most Misunderstood Illnesses

Self-mutilation, rocky relationships, intense dysphoria and rapid shifts in mood.  These are just a few of the tough issues that plague individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD). read more

Surviving My Borderline Mother

Surviving the Witch requires getting away. –Christine Ann Lawson By Julia St. Vincent I escaped my childhood like most traumatized children do, by disassociating from reality and fleeing into fantasy. There were window ledges and shade trees that called to me, closets and woods—places I could get away to dream. read more

Is It Just Teen Moodiness or Borderline Personality Disorder?

Somewhere during late middle school, that darling child who once lived in the home seems to change overnight into another person. For parents, it can seem like one night they put to bed an affectionate and open child, and the next day a moody stranger took over their child’s body.  Many parents are caught off-guard […] read more

DSM 5 Hints at New Criteria for Personality Disorders

Personality disorders are a group of 10 officially recognized mental health conditions listed by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the preeminent text for diagnosing mental illness in the U.S. All of these conditions feature some sort of ongoing pattern of thought and behavior that varies substantially […] read more

Winning in the Workplace With Borderline Personality Disorder

Stella had loved animals since before she could walk. Her mother liked to tell the story of how, as a baby, she’d follow the family dog around the house, crawling as quickly as her little knees would carry her. Once, at age 4, she’d rescued a wounded bird and then refused to sleep until she […] read more

New Insights Into the ‘Borderline Personality’ Brain

Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder characterized by symptoms that include mood instability, heightened impulsivity, and impaired self-awareness. Taken together, these symptoms can significantly diminish an affected individual’s capacity for fulfilling involvement in various aspects of his or her life. In the past, doctors and mental health researchers have had a fairly incomplete […] read more

Borderline Personality Disorder May Impact Reactions to Stress

Stress is a normal part of life. On any given day, there are various stressors that cause cortisol to be elevated in the bloodstream. Examples of stressors include being called upon at a strategy meeting at work or a child spilling their soup at dinner. From a significant life challenge to more everyday stressors like […] read more

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Bipolar Disorder Difficult to Diagnose

Just as one bandage cannot heal all wounds, psychological treatment must be specifically tailored for specific mental disorders in order for a person to completely heal. Recovery needs the proper treatment to be successful. read more

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