Understanding Self-Destructive Borderline Personality Disorder

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August 6, 2018

What is BPD? Borderline personality disorder, often called BPD, is a personality disorder marked by fear of abandonment and rejection, unstable relationships, mood swings, and impulsive behavior, among many other BPD symptoms. Psychologist Theodore Millon identified four subtypes of borderline personality disorder (BPD) as a way to further categorize BPD symptoms. Many people with BPD lean into one or two

Treating Petulant Borderline Personality Disorder

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August 6, 2018

“Borderline personality disorder, called BPD for short, is a personality disorder affecting up to 5.9% of adults in the United States.” What is BPD? Borderline personality disorder, called BPD for short, is a personality disorder affecting up to 5.9% of adults in the United States. Some of the hallmark symptoms for BPD patients are patterns of unstable interpersonal relationships, intense emotions,

Understanding BPD, Self-Harm, and Cutting in Young Adults

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July 8, 2018

If your young adult child is suffering emotionally, they might find it tempting, or even necessary, to engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). This means that when they self-harm, they’re doing so to alleviate emotional pain and not with the intention to complete suicide. This is especially common for young adults with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Cutting and other forms of

BPD Symptoms: Recognizing the Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder

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June 20, 2018

Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness often misunderstood by society. The associations made with BPD symptoms are scary and usually include self-injurious behavior, suicidal behavior, and extreme difficulty maintaining an interpersonal relationship. While these are included in the many BPD symptoms, what most people don’t understand is that these behaviors are caused by deep pains and fears. As you

Borderline Personality Disorder Triggers

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May 27, 2018

Coping with the intense mood swings, impulsive behavior, and extreme anger characterized by borderline personality disorder can be difficult to say the least. BPD is not uncommon; in fact, it affects twice as many people as the much more well-known mental disorder of schizophrenia as published by The New York Times. An unstable and highly changeable self-image, along with impulsivity

Independent Living Skills

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March 31, 2018

While the independent living skills required to make it through everyday life are second nature to many, no one is merely born with all of them. For most of us, we pick up on these skills as we grow up. During our formative childhood years, we model ourselves after parents and caregivers. For some, inconsistencies delivered by their parents end

The Four Types of Borderline Personality Disorder

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November 30, 2017

Borderline personality disorder, commonly known as BPD, is a mental disorder usually diagnosed in young or early adulthood and affecting between 1.6 and 5.9 percent of Americans, according to Psych Central. It is commonly misdiagnosed or missed altogether as some of the symptoms can mirror other disorders, and BPD often coexists with another disorder. The major indicators of BPD are

What’s The Difference Between Borderline Personality Disorder And Bipolar Disorder?

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August 25, 2017

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is commonly confused with bipolar disorder. Although they do share some similarities, they are very different disorders. BPD is considered an Axis II diagnosis as a personality disorder while bipolar disorder is considered a clinical syndrome, therefore classifying it as Axis I. The confusion may also partly be due to the fact that these disorders can

Long-Term Outlook for Young Adults With Borderline Personality Disorder

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August 25, 2017
Long-Term Outlook for Young Adults With Borderline Personality Disorder

A diagnosis of borderline personality disorder in young adults, commonly known as BPD, may seem like a crushing blow for any parent to hear. Fortunately, there are many treatment options, and if managed correctly, the prognosis is positive. The disorder is often diagnosed in young adulthood, and symptoms often taper off later in life. While BPD is not commonly diagnosed

What Are the Root Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder?

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August 25, 2017

Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a mental disorder classified by unstable moods, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, and volatile and impulsive behavior, and it is typically diagnosed in early adulthood. Researchers are not positive exactly what causes borderline personality disorder at this point, but early evidence points to a high likelihood of a combination of genetic and environmental factors being

Impulsive Borderline Personality Disorder

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August 18, 2017

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness. It is diagnosed in women much more frequently than men (the ratio is about 3:1). The gender discrepancy in the disorder has been the subject of many scholarly papers and in-depth articles. Some attribute this difference between women and men in regard to the diagnosis to be related to neurological possible

Help for Young Adults With Asperger’s

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June 27, 2017

Many people wonder why young adults with Asperger’s often struggle when it is time to transition to adulthood and independent living.  Is it due to difficulties in the social world? Rigid thinking style? Challenges with day-to-day independent living skills? At OPI, we believe that it is a combination of all three. We have been successful in helping young adults with