Borderline Personality Disorder Questions and Treatment Approaches

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April 24, 2017

When the phone rings in our Admissions Department, it may be a call from someone wanting information about or admittance to our Optimum Performance Institute. But in the case of our OPI Intensive program for men and women with BPD, that call is often made by someone seeking answers to our most frequently asked borderline personality disorder questions. Because May

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

Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder in Young Adults: It’s Possible!

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November 17, 2015

If your child is a young adult with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you deeply understand the struggles of intense mood swings, the inability to regulate emotions and the wild, impulsive behavior sometimes leading to self-harm or harm to others. Young adults aged 17 to 28 with BPD often struggle with relationships and other areas of development, such as staying in

How BPD Can Cause Failure To Launch In Young Adults

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September 3, 2015

Failure to Launch (FTL) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can, in many ways, be intertwined. The question of BPD contributing to FTL has come up many times for me in the past several weeks in my role as an admissions counselor at OPI Intensive, a residential transitional living program in Southern California exclusively for young adult men and women with

The Parents’ Guide to Beating BPD

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July 27, 2015
The Parents’ Guide to Beating BPD

“I just felt like giving up. I felt like she hated me one day and loved me without limits the next,” Kaylen C. accounts about her youngest daughter. Kaylen’s daughter had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) on her nineteenth birthday. For families dealing with a BPD diagnosis, this feeling is all too familiar. The constant waves of intense

DBT Self-Soothing Ideas for Men

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July 24, 2015
DBT Self-Soothing Ideas for Men

Self-soothing is a common practice that describes a way to comfort yourself during times of distress. It often focuses on one or more of your five senses – touch, taste, sight, smell, and/or sound. It has, over time, been more commonly associated with something women do, as a lot of the suggestions of self-soothing rituals seem feminine in nature. But,

Stacy Pershall on BPD and Suicidality (at OPI Intensive)

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July 17, 2015
Stacy Pershall on BPD and Suicidality (at OPI Intensive)

It can be difficult at times for clients to feel that the staff working with them truly understand their struggles. How could we know what they are experiencing? How could we understand what it’s like to deal with Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety, depression, or know the feeling of being in residential treatment? We as staff have learned about disorders, symptoms,

Self-Soothing Techniques for Young Adults With BPD

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June 8, 2015
Self-Soothing Techniques for Young Adults With BPD

Self-soothing is one of the DBT Distress Tolerance Skills that are taught to folks suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Many with this disorder were never taught how to self-soothe, essentially how to make themselves feel better or comforted when emotionally distressed. Doing something as simple as smelling a flower was never correlated with feeling calm, pleasure, or relaxation, but

Borderline Personality Disorder in College

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May 5, 2015
Borderline Personality Disorder in College

Being a college student can be both fun and challenging; however, for a college student with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), the goal of obtaining a college degree can seem downright impossible. For a student with BPD, successfully getting from point A (the beginning of the semester) to point B (completion of the semester), can be very challenging. A reason for this

Overcoming Failure to Launch: Creating Space for Dialogue within the Extremes of Idealization and Devaluation in Borderline Personality Disorder

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March 30, 2015
Overcoming Failure to Launch: Creating Space for Dialogue within the Extremes of Idealization and Devaluation in Borderline Personality Disorder

Individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder often have a characteristic pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships. They may idealize therapists, caregivers, friends, or lovers during the first initial period together. They may then demand to spend an exorbitant amount of time together and share the most intimate and personal details early on in their relationships. Characteristically, they may then

Anxiety and Failure to Launch Syndrome in Borderline Personality Disorder

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March 18, 2015
Anxiety and Failure to Launch Syndrome in Borderline Personality Disorder

Originally thought to be at the “borderline” between psychosis and neurosis, people with Borderline Personality Disorder suffer from a disorder of emotion regulation. A person with BPD may experience intense bouts of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last only hours, or at most a day. These may be associated with episodes of impulsive aggression and/or self-injury including cutting, and