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

Do you have borderline personality disorder? Learn about common bpd symptoms to assess if you might have bpd.

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November 27, 2017

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

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

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 their difficulties in the social world? Is it due to their thinking style? Is it due to their challenges with day to day independent living skills? At OPI, we believe that it is a combination

Denim Day: Make a social statement with your fashion statement

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April 19, 2017

This year, Denim Day is Wednesday, April 26. Grab your denim and help support the sexual violence prevention education campaign. Why denim you ask? Denim Day grew out of an Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The Italian Supreme Court claimed that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she needed to

Keep Calm and Hop On!

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April 16, 2017

Baskets, candy, egg hunts, and bunnies must mean one thing… Easter is around the corner! This year, the Extracurricular Activities Department coordinated eggs-traordinary Easter festivities for participants and staff to enjoy throughout the week.  The Easter bunny came early and helped fill over 400 eggs for two fun filled Egg Hunts.  Friendly competition, laughter, and egg-citement filled the halls as

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Practice What You Preach – Using DBT in Real Life

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March 6, 2017

Storm of the Year was no joke.  A few week ago while I headed from Ventura County to Orange County for a networking event. A commute that would normally take an hour and a half took over 3 hours as the relentless rain kept beating down. Knowing that the weather was going to be this way, I went into this

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Help for College Students with Borderline Personality Disorder

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February 20, 2017

Most students want a quality education but quickly discover that earning a college degree can be tough. College applications are grueling and finding classes that fit your schedule & interest can be frustrating. Then, once the semester starts, keeping your attention on books instead of friends can be a struggle. For college students with borderline personality disorder, the struggle can

Spread The Love!

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February 15, 2017

Here at OPI, Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love and joy to others!  We believe February 14th is a day to emphasize how important friendships, happiness, and of course tasty candy is to all us.  This year the Extracurricular Activities Department created treats for both participants and staff to enjoy on this joyful day.  Participants received watermelon gummy treats

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MLK 2017 Day of Service

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January 17, 2017

Every year in January, Americans across the country join together to complete service projects in honor of Martin Luther King. Though OPI has regular monthly community service events, we decided to join in on the MLK Day of Service for 2017. This year we volunteered with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and had a fantastic time. The Los Angeles

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Five Signs You Need New Friends

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December 14, 2016

We’ve all been there – hanging out with the same group of people since who knows when. We’ve come to accept them for everything they are, faults and all. We’ve already forgiven them for the pain they will cause us in the future because we’re best buds. But, you know what? Being made to feel less than YOU does not