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

Links Between Personality Disorders and Compulsive Gambling

Compulsive gambling, known formally as pathological gambling, is a psychiatric disorder that involves a persistent fixation with gambling that continues in the face of seriously negative personal or social consequences. Along with a varied range of other conditions that feature impulsive behavior, it’s officially categorized as an “impulse disorder not otherwise specified.” Current guidelines group […] read more

On July 5th, 2013, posted in: Mental Health by Tags: ,

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

Do You Have Borderline Personality Disorder? Here Are the Common Symptoms

Before the 1960s, borderline personality disorder (BPD) was not a recognized condition.  Thanks to the efforts of dedicated mental health professionals and family members, since that time the door has been opened to study and research about what is now recognized to be a significant public health issue. read more

On May 15th, 2013, posted in: Uncategorized by Tags: , ,

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

On January 29th, 2013, posted in: Borderline Personality Disorder Research by Tags:

Healthy Relationships and Borderline Personality Disorder

For those living in close relationship with a person who suffers with borderline personality disorder (BPD) it can become easy to lose perspective about what a healthy relationship actually looks like. The person with BPD often creates high levels of conflict in relationships and without being aware, engages in narcissistic behaviors. Below is a list […] read more

On September 14th, 2012, posted in: Mental Health by Tags:

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

On August 21st, 2012, posted in: Borderline Personality Disorder Research by Tags: