Stop! You Can’t Be Your Borderline Mother’s Interventionist

It is decidedly unwise to find yourself serving as the primary mental health crisis care worker for your family members. Still, that is precisely the role in which I found myself for many years. It was hard for me to see all my hard and earnest work for what it was—codependency—as my mother would accept […] read more

Which Treatments Help Suicidal People With Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a potentially severe form of mental illness that seriously destabilizes affected individuals’ ability to maintain a sense of well-being, control mood fluctuations, act in socially appropriate ways and/or cultivate strong social bonds with others. Unfortunately, suicidal thought and conduct are quite common among people affected by this illness. In an […] read more

On April 15th, 2015, posted in: Mental Health by Tags:

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: , ,

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

Recognizing Borderline Personality Disorder

Loved ones are often too close to a relative or friend to accurately understand their behaviors. However, these individuals are often the first to notice that something seems not quite right and can help connect a loved one with the help they need to get treatment. read more

Men With Borderline Personality Disorder

In the past, researchers concluded that more women suffered from borderline personality disorder (BPD) than men, but more current peer-reviewed research reveals that there are no gender differences in terms of prevalence; both men and women present with BPD in roughly equal numbers. There are, however, differences in the way men and women present with […] read more

The Ripple Effect of Borderline Personality Disorder

When a person is diagnosed with a mental disorder like borderline personality disorder (BPD), the diagnosis often affects more than just the person who received it. In most cases, it affects the loved ones in that person’s life as well. read more

Helping an Older Loved One With a Personality Disorder

Personality disorders can improve with treatment. However, sometimes when people are extremely stressed they may fall back into former habits of thought and behavior. This sort of off-and-on pattern is not uncommon. read more

On June 11th, 2014, posted in: Mental Health by Tags: , ,

May: National Borderline Personality Awareness Month

Carol M. became a mother in 1994. Her daughter was born in late July, when the weather liked to turn suddenly, from hot and sunny to thunderous and stormy on a dime. She laughed as she described her daughter, Shasta. “She was just like summertime,” she said. “Bright and happy one minute, dark and storming […] read more