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 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

Key Differences Between Bipolar II and Borderline Personality Disorder

Bipolar II disorder and borderline personality disorder share several common symptoms, enough that differentiating between the two conditions is tricky. Both are mood disorders, meaning that the emotions are severe enough to create disruptions in daily living. Yet there are key differences between the two. 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

What Is a ‘Quiet’ Borderline?

Keisha had never been what anyone would call an extrovert. She was an observer and a listener, which can sometimes just be other words for shy. She rarely liked to put herself out there, but when she did, she went all-in. Her relationships were extremely important to her, far more than the people in them […] read more

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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

BPD and PTSD: Symptom Overlap

Charlie was like most of the women sitting in her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recovery group. She’d experienced intense feelings of abandonment, fear and repeated instances of trauma. Her mother had been addicted to crack cocaine during Charlie’s elementary school years and had taken Charlie with her into places no adult should go, let alone […] read more

On December 11th, 2013, posted in: Mental Health by Tags:

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