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 Depression: Daniel’s Story

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April 13, 2015

Not long ago, on a nice sunny day in south Florida, I sat on the edge of my bed, pen and paper in hand, and began to write. I wrote about my life: the trials and tribulations of my despair, my desperate quest for inner peace, and an announcement that I had given up on the fight. I was preparing

Coping Effectively with Anxiety & Depression Over the Holidays (webinar)

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November 11, 2014
Coping Effectively with Anxiety & Depression Over the Holidays (webinar)

When The Holidays Are Triggering Optimum Performance Institute invites you to this important, free webinar on coping effectively with anxiety, depression, and eating disorder issues over the holidays.  This event will be co-facilitated by psychiatrist Robert “Dr. Bob” Fischer, M.D. and  April E. House, MA, MFT, Therapist and Eating Disorder Specialist, and moderated by Debbie Corso of Healing From BPD.

Categories: Anxiety

National Mental Health Awareness Month: Healing Can Start with a Conversation

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May 2, 2014

Today, millions of Americans live with the burden of a mental health problem. Too often they go through life trying to “just deal with” or “get over” conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression & anxiety – illnesses that can impact each and every aspect of their lives. The surprising thing is, fewer than half of all children

Categories: Life at OPI

BPD in Men: We 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 thought

Intensive Outpatient Program at OPI Living Expands Services For Local Young Adults

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March 19, 2013

Young adults aged 17–28 in the Los Angeles area who need help defining goals and becoming independent can now participate in a unique Intensive Outpatient Program at the Optimum Performance Institute. This program offers everything from individual and group psychotherapy, life coaching and career development classes to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), yoga, tennis, hiking and jam sessions. The OPI Intensive

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Part Two: Q and A with Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions at OPI Living Programs

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October 12, 2012

As Director of Admissions for all OPI Living Programs, I recently decided to start a blog post series to outline some commonly asked questions that we receive from parents and referring therapists. This is the second set of questions in my new series. To read all of the frequently asked questions I’ve discussed, visit our FAQs blog category for a

Categories: FAQs

Male BPD: Finally, We Are Addressing It

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July 10, 2012

The challenge in life for all of us is to appreciate that happiness is found in imperfection, not perfection. For young adults in our Optimum Performance Institute community, this means learning to appreciate the complexity of life and deal with imperfections in themselves, others and the world. Our participants learn to take their best shot – skillful actions based on,

Q & A with Heather Perrier, MS – Director of Education for the Optimum Performance Institute

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July 7, 2012

Q: Heather, what have you learned from participants that have attended various OPI programs? A: I have learned that even great change IS possible. The path to get there however requires patience, practice and perseverance. Q: What strategies do you use and employ in the Department of Education at OPI? A: Our philosophy is that success can be built with

Categories: Meet Our Team

OPI Responds to Parent and Participant Requests: Changes are Made

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May 3, 2012
OPI Responds to Parent and Participant Requests: Changes are Made

JCAHO-accredited Optimum Performance Institute continues its dynamic tradition of rapidly responding to the individualized needs of Young Adults by making significant programming changes to its OPI Intensive for Young Adults with Borderline Traits, Borderline Personality Disorder and Co-Occurring Conditions (eating disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, mood disorders, etc.). OPI opened the specialized OPI Intensive about a year ago. OPI Intensive now

Categories: Life at OPI

The Difference Between a Mood Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder

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February 3, 2012
The Difference Between a Mood Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder

Often, I’m asked about what the difference is between a Mood Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Part of the difficulty is our present diagnostic system: So many symptoms and observable behaviors are shared by different disorders that at times it’s extremely difficult to distinguish between them. To make things even more complicated, there is a concept presently called co-morbidity or