Substance Abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder Share Genetic Factors

Under terms established in 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association, substance use disorder is the umbrella diagnosis used to identify all cases of substance addiction and impairing substance abuse. People affected by serious substance problems make up a large percentage of those individuals diagnosed with the mental health condition called borderline personality disorder. In a […] read more

On March 9th, 2015, posted in: Borderline Personality Disorder Research by Tags:

Study Reveals Distinctive Differences Between Bipolar II and Borderline Personality Disorder


When two illnesses share several common symptoms it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish one from the other. With this in mind, researchers in Australia looked at a small sample of patients, some with bipolar II and some with borderline personality disorder (BPD), to see what distinctions could be made between the two conditions, which […] read more

On December 2nd, 2014, posted in: Borderline Personality Disorder Research by Tags:

What All That Drama Might Really Mean

We all know one; we may even be one: a person whose life seems dogged by drama. Relationships are turbulent, anger is fierce, actions are impulsive. Overreaction is the order of the day. Is it simply temperament, or is something deeper going on? read more

Types of Personality Disorders

Everyone can easily name a person in their extended family, workplace or social network who rubs them the wrong way. Personality conflicts are a normal part of social interactions. In some cases, however, a person may be so volatile that nearly everything that a friend says is met with scorn. Another person may seem deliberately […] read more

On September 9th, 2014, posted in: Mental Health by Tags: , ,

Therapy Helps Patients with BPD Learn New Habits

One of the key struggles for a person with borderline personality disorder (BPD) is forming and maintaining good relationships. At the core of this struggle is the person’s overpowering fear of being abandoned. That anxiety leads to out-of-bounds behaviors that make stable, healthy relationships a challenge. And with every collapsing human connection, the person’s anxiety […] read more

On September 2nd, 2014, posted in: Mental Health by Tags: ,

BPD Recovery: Healing Broken Relationships

Mental health professionals and borderline personality disorder (BPD) sufferers agree: there is no other mental illness that is quite so maligned. Among mental health professionals, people diagnosed with BPD are considered some of the most difficult patients; and among family, friends, and co-workers, they’re thought of as some of the most difficult people to deal […] read more

Unstable Moods, Stormy Relationships Can Signal BPD

There are many illnesses that affect a person’s mind and behavior. Some are more common than others. Depression is one of the most common examples of these types of disorders, but the root of depression can sometimes be borderline personality disorder (BPD). read more

Borderline Issues Make College Harder, but Not Impossible

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) causes highly unstable emotions, which can be hard on relationships and impede success at work and at school. Since many career paths depend on higher levels of education, managing BPD symptoms so that college goals can be reached is a matter of significant consequence. It is possible to cope with the […] read more

Treating Personality Disorders in the Elderly

When it comes to personality disorders (a broad category of mental disorders that includes paranoid, borderline and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder) there are a lot of factors that could potentially affect the intensity of the illness. Over time, personality disorders can change. Sometimes, the symptoms grow stronger, and other times they lessen. As a person suffering […] read more

The Borderline Personality Disordered Family

Declan’s sister and parents sometimes felt like they’d been fighting a war, one in which they had neither adequate training nor defense. Declan was 14 when signs of his personality disorder surfaced, beginning with fits of rage. He wasn’t a particularly big kid then, but he was strong and his uncontrollable anger frightened even him. […] read more

On July 23rd, 2014, posted in: Mental Health by Tags: , ,