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

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

Borderline Personality Disorder Questions and Treatment Approaches

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

Letter from Jill’s Parents

November 11, 2013

Dear Dr. Fischer and Emily, I am writing this letter to thank you and your team for the great work you are doing with Jill.  She came home this weekend for the first time in six months. As you can imagine, I was unbelievably anxious about her visit because we almost “lost her” during her last suicide attempt here.  I

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DSM-5 and How it Affects the Diagnosis of BPD

June 5, 2013

Changes to the DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, often referred to as the “bible” for psychiatrists and other mental health professionals and the subject of much recent controversy, affect several diagnoses, including that of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).” Changes to the BPD diagnosis in the new DSM-5 involve radical changes that fundamentally amend a definition of BPD that has

Ben Moroski’s, “This Vicious Minute” Chosen for BEST OF FRINGE Extended Festival Performances

August 6, 2012

Performances extended for shows awarded as, “BEST OF FRINGE” festival appearances, including OPI Intensive graduate Ben Moroski’s “This Vicious Minute,” will be featured this month at the Theatre Asylum Lab, to continue on as part of an awarded line-up from a larger summer festival, the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Don’t miss your chance to catch one of only two extended performances

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Male BPD: Finally, We Are Addressing It

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,