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This is a project for my DSM class. The image I chose is of Angelina Jolie from the movie Girl, Interrupted. If you haven't seen this movie, I definitely recommend it, it's truly amazing. I chose her because she is such a riveting character and although she lashes out, she still is sensitive and human. My hope is that people will stop referring to those suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder as "Borderlines" because it has come to be used almost as a derogatory description.
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Coping up with Life And Love With Someone With The BPD Or Borderline Personality Disorder

Coping up with Life And Love With Someone With The BPD Or Borderline Personality Disorder | Borderline Personality Disorder | Scoop.it

People live in a society that is psychologically sophisticated. Many people face emotional difficulties and some might even be one among the person you love the most or share your life. Symptoms of BPD


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This is a nice short article about some of the symptoms to look out for with loved ones who may possibly have BPD, but it also gives advice on how to deal effectively in the relationship. It is important for the loved one or friend to be consistent with the individual with BPD and if they promise to do something, follow through. Many individuals with BPD have had a traumatic/neglectful past, so trust is a big deal to them. The author states that it is important not to shoulder their responsibility so they are able to recognize their mistakes and repair them, not have someone do if for them. The last tip is to be honest and not minimize drastic, maladaptive behaviors, though my own caveat is to still remain sensitive-just don't sugar coat. 

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The Different Faces of Borderline Personality Disorder

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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 ...
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"One writer with considerable experience working with patients suffering from BPD has separated the disorder into four distinct personality subtypes." BPD is known to be accompanied with some dissociative symptoms, but the separation from Dissociative Identity Disorder is that those with BPD are conscious of these shifts. So with this article the subtypes are: discouraged, impulsive, petulant and self-destructive. The discouraged personality is the one in fear of abandonment and impulsive is charming/flirtatious and getting to be the center of attention. The petulant is combative, unstable and unpredictable while the self-destructive gets involved in risky behaviors due to poor self image. Although this is an interesting take on the different sides of those with BPD, I do not fully agree that they can be lumped in to these categories as a catch all. I really like one of the previous videos I commented on "The 5 faces" of BPD and how it was more the internal workings rather than the external facades. 

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A.D.'s curator insight, September 14, 2015 8:27 PM

This author has divided borderline personality disorder into four different categories of personalities. The four categories are the discouraged borderline, the impulsive borderline, the petulant borderline and the self-destructive borderline. The types are self explanatory through their titles carrying the strongest symptom.  This is an interesting way to look at borderline personality disorder however the DSM 5 does not include these categories nor was their citations pointing towards any research on the division of borderline personalities into these four categories.  

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and

   statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

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Get Me Out Of Here by Rachel Reiland

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★ ★ ★ (3 stars) Mental health memoirs have been one of my favourite (sub?) genres for at least a decade now, but this is only the second I have read that specifically addresses Borderline Personali...
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In this review of the book "Get Me Out of Here", the reviewer somewhat bashes the doc (pseudonym Dr. Padgett) who is treating the author of the book (pseudonym Rachel Reiland). It is true that the Dr. charges $120 per session with Rachel and the sessions are 3 times a week, but this man clearly cares for his client whom he is treating and is just following the guidelines of therapy with the "That's all we have time for today." It isn't because his next "$120" is waiting, but it is because it is important for him to set clear boundaries with her and keep consistency. Yes, a weakness to this is the frequency of her visits as well as the costs of each, but she is one that was able to pay for this. There are many other people who are able to get help from the government and get placed in treatment facilities for symptoms much like hers. I have found this book to be very moving and agree with the reviewer that it is a great insight in to what BPD is. 

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Difference Between Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder

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By Candida Fink, PsychCentral Recently on our Facebook Page, Vicky posted the following: I was diagnosed bipolar II at the age of 20 but because bipolar type II is so similar to borderline personality disorder its difficult.
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This is a discussion of the difference between Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. BD is thought to be a deviation from the normal behavior one has, while BPD typically begins to show in adolescence and possibly even earlier in regards to relationship interactions. As far as feelings and emotional regulation, those with BD struggle with their mood swings lasting days to weeks, while those with BPD suffer from chronic mood swings and rarely experience relief from them. BPD and BD may occur together only if the BD symptoms differ from the "norm". It is important for diagnosing clinicians to be vigilant with this because the woman asking the question was confused by her two BD diagnoses and one BPD diagnosis. 

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The 5 Faces of Borderline Personality Disorder - YouTube

How to deal with people that have a borderline personality disorder. And more inside information for people who struggle with BPD. From the abandoned child t...
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In this video the man is explaining the possible reasons behind rapid mood swings in those with BPD and explains that many may see it as "Multiple Personality Disorder" but it isn't, it is simply different schemas that the individual is experiencing which are: the detached protector (I don't need anyone, I can protect myself, I'm in control-protecting the children), abandoned/abused child, angry/impulsive child, punitive parent who is in conflict with the "children" and the healthy adult (able to deal with and show emotions). It is important for counselors, friends, family, coworkers and others to be patient with individuals with BPD and to try and create a safe place for them to talk about their feelings.He does a really great role play with himself where he talks about his mother and acts out the different schemas those with BPD have. ***Recommend watching this***

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ProvenTherapy.com Blog - Mental Health Resources » Borderline ...

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Originally, the label “borderline personality disorder” was applied to patients who were thought to represent a middle ground between patients with neurotic and psychotic disorders. Increasingly, though, this area of research ...
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This article sites a study that found that those with BPD actually have different brain activity. The subjects' brains showed "heightened activity in brain circuits involved in the experience of negative emotions and reduced activation of brain circuits that normally suppress negative emotion once it is generated". This study is a good source that the emotion dysregulation that those with BPD suffer is not their choosing but rather their genetic makeup. This research is promising that there will be more studies done on this and then we will be able to understand this disorder better than we do now. 

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This scientific article suggests that those with borderline personality disorder are "set up" to their emotional lives because of their findings on reduced brain activity in the frontal lobe that is unique to borderline personality disorder as well as in limbic structures that cause heightened emotional responses. Borderline personality disorder, according to the DSM 5, is characterized by intense moods and emotional instability. The article was written in 2013 so it is possible that further research has been done on the brain and borderline personality disorder. 

 

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and

   statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

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Borderline Personality Disorder: ''Every time I get angry or sad, I cut myself ... - The Express Tribune (blog)

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Borderline Personality Disorder: ''Every time I get angry or sad, I cut myself ...
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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was at the top of my list.
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"Patients with BPD permanently live in a crisis mode." 

BPD "is one of the leading causes of psychiatry emergency room visits." These quotes coming from an MD just strengthens my view that safety needs to be highly considered with clients who suffer from BPD and therapists/doctors should be hypervigilant in looking for the signs. There is hope with "Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a special form of psychotherapy geared towards treating patients with BPD. Its primary goal is the safety of the patient, helping them avoid suicidal and para-suicidal behaviour." 

The other view point this doctor considers is the culture of Pakistanis. Because of the population size, he believes that BPD is probably just as prevalent in Pakistan but is not diagnosed because the conservative culture makes those who have the self-destructive behaviors feel even more shame and guilt, therefore avoiding seeking help. It is very important to empathize with a client's culture and give positive affirmations to those who do seek help, especially when their culture does not support them well. 

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Twelve signs that you may be dating a borderline woman

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“Men who rescue women and who are drawn to borderline woman have been programmed from childhood to derive their sense of empowerment and self-worth this way, b (Not all BPD women are potential Jodi Arias.' Twelve signs that you may be dating a borderline...
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This piece is about signs a woman has BPD and cautions men that if the woman they are dating exhibits these, then they better be ready for a "tumultuous and often confusing ride". With these, I wonder how many woman may have BPD...

1. She makes you feel incredibly special. ***Isn't that what women generally try to do?***

2. She buys you expensive gifts early in the relationship. understandably odd.

3. She quickly begins using the word "love" early in the relationship. 

4. She makes her ex out to be a bad person, even abusive.

5. She talks about how her ex cheated on her.

6. She had sex with you on the first or second date. 

7. She drinks to excess and perhaps uses drugs.

8. She gets jealous when you talk about other women, even female friends.

9. She is an amazing lover who will do whatever it takes to please you.

10. She is incredibly moody, with periodic bursts of anger.

11. She has a difficult time with compliments.

12. She has problems accepting blame or apologizing. 

 

A lot of these "signs" make me think of someone with low self-esteem that may also be stubborn. I wonder if one must have all these "signs" to be considered someone with BPD or exactly how many makes it likely. 

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Borderline Personality Disorder and Anticipatory Anxiety

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A borderline parent can sabotage your plan to fly away.
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The author of this article has a somewhat negative view on those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and constantly refers to them as "Borderlines". The title comes from the feeling that children of parent/s with BPD may experience anxiety with flying because they have become so enmeshed with the parent that they equate it to abandoning the parent. There are times when a parent with BPD may explicitly accuse this. The explanation is that while growing up, particularly 18 months and forward, the parent with BPD can not handle the child being independent and will reject the child whenever they try to show independence then seek comfort. 

Because of this rejection from the parent, the child will typically get in to adulthood and not know who their true-self is. They will typically turn to harmful behaviors to ease this anxiety. Therapists try and get the client who is a child of one of these parents to recognize their feelings and the patterns that go along with it. They allow the client to feel these feelings rather than try to avoid them, and then work through recognizing their defenses against them. 

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Borderline Personality Disorder & Relationships

General Info About BPD: http://www.healthyplace.com/personality-disorders/borderline-personality-disorder/borderline-personality-disorder/ Video: "Struggling...

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This is a video done by a beautiful young woman who has been diagnosed with BPD. She discusses relationships and hits on the main point of the fear of abandonment. I like how she describes it as a need to "leave before being left" or "hurt before being hurt". She covers idealization, devaluation and splitting. Idealization is basically putting someone up on a pedestal rather quickly and thrusting upon them expectations they can not possibly meet since they are human and are not perfect. Devaluation occurs when the one who was idolized did not meet expectations, and the woman describes it as thinking "they hate me" and it happens with family, friends and intimate relationships. I like how she touches on "all or nothing" "black and white" "good and bad" because they are some of the major beliefs those with BPD have. This could be a good video for those with questions about BPD and relationships to educate themselves and try to understand what they are feeling to try and avoid their maladaptive coping strategies. 

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Addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder | Palm Partners Blog

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When it comes to treating addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) simultaneously, the similarities between addiction and BPD can make a correct diagnosis tough. At Palm Partners, we are able to treat Addiction ...
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This is a recovery center discussing addiction with dual diagnosis BPD. I love the explanation they give as to why those with BPD tend to turn to substance use/abuse: "behavior stems from a way to cope with overpowering fear and emotional pain". It is not because they want to get high and want to hurt those around them, but it is because they are feeling so much internally that they need some form of escape from it all otherwise they would be too overwhelmed to function. DBT is yet again endorsed to be the treatment of choice, not only for BPD but for addiction as well. It is about self-acceptance balancing the opportunity for change. 

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» Borderline Personality Disorder: Is It Just An Excuse? - Therapy Soup

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undIs borderline personality disorder a real diagnosis or is it just a way to let someone off the hook for their bad behavior? (Borderline Personality Disorder: Is It Just An Excuse?

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This article reviews the thoughts that many people who are not educated in mental health have about the diagnosis of BPD. Some view it as an "excuse" for bad behavior.The role of the treating therapist with this population is to educate the individual with BPD of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors-not to help them come up with excuses for maladaptive behaviors but to work through and try to find positive coping strategies. Those with BPD already view themselves as "bad" and "no good" so it is in no way beneficial to make them feel guilty for their behaviors because they are already beating themselves up over it. 

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Borderline Personality Disorder: The Disparagement of Women through Diagnosis

Dana Becker, Ph.D. Professor, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social...

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The Association of Women in Society...("Borderline Personality Disorder: The Disparagement of Women through Diagnosis Dana Becker, Ph.D...." http://t.co/c9QTdAQLu8)...
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This article is posted on a blog that serves as a support group for those diagnosed with Bipolar and/or Borderline Personality Disorder. BPD is the most commonly diagnosed personality disorder and entered the DSM in 1980. The author is giving clinical information on what BPD diagnostically and how it is dominant in women (75%). She explains that those with BPD likely experienced some form of trauma and thus have difficulty expressing anger appropriately and struggle trusting others. A professor of mine leans towards attachment theory in describing many disorders and BPD is and example of disorganized attachment pattern. The author of the article explains it that many of the maladaptive behaviors are simply a learned way of coping from previous adverse situations. BPD isn't that individuals want to be this way, but they more likely than not have had a tough go at life and don't know how to go through it appropriately since they were not likely taught how to. 

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder? (Mental Health Guru)

You may not be familiar with Borderline Personality Disorder, but two percent of American adults suffer from this condition.

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This is a good video that gives an overview of signs/symptoms that those with BPD may experience, including: impulsive aggression, self-mutilation and substance abuse. It is very important for these individuals to have support from friends and family even if they isolate themselves often. They give examples of celebrities who may possibly have BPD like: Angelina Jolie, Brittney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, and Amy Winehouse. They give comorbid disorders of BiPolar, Depression, Anxiety, Substance abuse and other personality disorders, one that I was unaware of was Gender Identity Disorder. This is an interesting avenue to explore further. There may be genetic causes for BPD as well as abnormalities in brain areas controlling aggression and impulsivity. Treatment that works for those with BPD is Dialectical Behavior Therapy and at times, if behavior is unsafe, hospitalization. 

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Do People with Borderline Disorder Have Empathy?

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While narcissists don't have empathy, those with BPD do. But it's complicated

 

For a number of reasons, showing empathy is problematic for people with borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, or both. Those with BPD are so caught up in their own emotional tornados that your concerns get lost in the chaos. And lack of empathy is defining feature in people with NPD, similar to the way fear of abandonment is a hallmark of BPD. In this blog post, I'll first explore the former. In the next, I'll look at the latter.

 

What is Empathy? How is it Different from Sympathy?

 

by Randi Kreger

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This article from Psychology Today discusses whether or not those with BPD have empathy. There is conflicting research on this specific area of interest, with some studies showing that it is too difficult for those with BPD to have empathy because they struggle recognizing/controlling their own emotions, while another study found that those with BPD are actually more sensitive to others' emotions by recognizing mental state just from a face photograph. One caveat to all of this is whether or not those with BPD are under stress, then it is difficult for MOST people to be empathetic. I like this quote from a woman who has BPD: "We don't see BPD as an illness and it looks like we're doing it on purpose because sometimes we appear so functional and in control." Many times it may be beneficial to take a step back and understand that those with BPD are suffering  just as individuals with other disorders we tend to "accept" more. 

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A.D.'s curator insight, September 14, 2015 9:58 PM

Reliable scientific article from Psychology Today that discusses whether or not those with borderline personality experience empathy. The article suggests based on research that those with borderine personality disorder do have empathy but because one of the symptoms as listed in th DSM 5  is intense emotional responses, they are consumed with their overwhelming emotions that make it difficult to express their empathy as others would. The artice also brings up new research in treating borderline personality disorder with a technique called Mentalization. Mentalization is said to teach people with BPD to "understand the workings of their own minds and those of others". It will be fascinating to hear more about this treatment method in further studies. 

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and

   statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

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» Borderline and Suicidal Thoughts - Ask the Therapist

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I’m 20 years old and I suffer from a Borderline personality disorder, which has been hell to deal with and try and change.
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   In this article a 20 year old with BPD is crying out for help. I am not sure whether the writer is a male or female. They are very overwhelmed at the moment, being triggered by the changing of therapists. The client appears to have good insight as to why it is happening (unhealthy boundaries), but does not want to accept it and is seriously contemplating suicide. They say that they have attempted suicide multiple times with only "some serious". From the writing it is apparent that the client is experiencing an emotional rollercoaster at the moment, and an unsafe one at that. The response given is that if the client needs to, they should check themselves in to a hospital that can keep them safe. I really like how the LCSW responded to this question from a client because the client asks if this is "normal" behavior from someone with BPD and the response is: "it is difficult to determine what is normal and abnormal because each individual is different and unique, but I can say that it is not unusual for people with this disorder to contemplate suicide." By putting it in these words, she has helped the client understand that it is typical, but that they are still a unique individual. From reading this, it is the first time I have heard of a "suicide career" which the client refers to. If a client is suicidal and wants to "seriously" try it, even if it is a cry for help, they may be successful. It is important to keep these individuals safe above all else. 

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Splitting - Unstable Relationships in Borderline Personality Disorder

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In the latest in my series on the DSM IV criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder I am going to explain the second criterion and how it applies to me.  2. a pattern of unstable and intense inte...
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This is a blog post by a mother of 2 who has Borderline Personality Disorder. She discusses what relationships  are like for those that suffer from BPD and how many times they can either idealize or devalue relationships in their lives. Often times, they do both because they have such a strong fear of abandonment (this is any type of relationship, not just romantic). 

An example she gives is the "one-night stand" and how those with BPD will view it as much, much more than it actually was. This reminds me of most young girls/women though. Many times they will think that the one night stand means that a relationship is possible and will start contacting the other person involved, almost to the point of stalkerish. What separates typical instances of this to those that individuals with BPD experience? 

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