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

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

DBT Temporary Tattoos – An Artistically Skillful Choice

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November 4, 2015
DBT Temporary Tattoos – An Artistically Skillful Choice

Here at Optimum Performance Institute, and in our OPI Intensive for young adults with Borderline Personality Disorder and BPD traits, we are constantly seeking new resources and materials to keep our participants engaged in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) both in and out of the office. We recently received several copies of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Wellness Planner from Amanda Smith

DBT Skills in Academic Settings

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October 7, 2015

School can be especially difficult for many of our clients. We often see them struggle to stay focused in class, follow through on attending, and many also have issues finding connection with others in school. Though they frequently discuss their use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills throughout their day at OPI, sometimes it is hard for them to imagine

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

Guidelines for Relationship Effectiveness: Keeping a Relationship Using DBT GIVE Skills

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March 12, 2015
Guidelines for Relationship Effectiveness: Keeping a Relationship Using DBT GIVE Skills

My college roommate worked for the on-campus police substation, and as you can imagine they worked with a variety of students, professionals, and even the local community. More often than not, they were visiting the substation to complain about tickets, requesting a vehicle release, or reporting crimes. Watching her handle the never-ending line of disgruntled and even verbally abusive civilians

Healing with Horses: Life Lessons

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December 29, 2014

Ask most people to give you a word to describe horses, and you’ll usually hear “powerful,” “majestic,” “magical,” or “amazing.” I’ve spent my entire life living and working with horses, and the first word I think of is “teacher.” I first started riding horses when I was six, got my first horse at nine, and have been horse-crazy for as

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DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Video | Part One: DEAR MAN

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December 20, 2014
DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills Video | Part One: DEAR MAN

Curious to see what the DBT skills looks like in action? Check out Optimum Performance Institute‘s new DBT skills animated videos as a reference to get a better understanding! For several months we have been in the process of creating a series based on the four modules of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which include Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress

Living With BPD: Borderline Personality Disorder

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October 30, 2014
Living With BPD: Borderline Personality Disorder

Living with BPD is a journey filled with many ups & downs. We welcome back guest blogger Debbi Corso to share insights she has gained along her journey. I’ve had a lot to say about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) over the years, and there’s no sign of there being a shortage of things for me to say about it in

Help for Men with Borderline Personality Disorder

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March 12, 2014

Dr. Robert Fischer, executive director of the Optimum Performance Institute and its OPI Intensive, was interviewed by Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC, and C.R. Zwolinski, Authors of the 2009 Bestseller Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On without Wasting Time or Money and the Therapy Soup blog at PsychCentral.com. The original interview appeared on PsychCentral.com. We continue discussing Men and

Men Can Have Borderline Personality Disorder Too

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March 6, 2014

Dr. Robert Fischer, executive director of the Optimum Performance Institute and its OPI Intensive, was interviewed by Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC, and C.R. Zwolinski, Authors of the 2009 Bestseller Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On without Wasting Time or Money and the Therapy Soup blog at PsychCentral.com. The original interview appeared on PsychCentral.com. Borderline Personality Disorder is usually