Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious form of mental illness characterized by a pattern of mood swings, impulsive actions and problems with relationships. People with BPD have trouble regulating their emotions effectively. They may experience splitting, which is a […]
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by emotional reactivity, turbulent relationships, instability, insecurity and low self-image. Many people who are living with this challenging condition don’t even know they have it. According to the National Alliance […]
Most people with mental illness benefit from different forms of psychotherapy, also known as counseling, or talk therapy. There are times, however, when a person is in the midst of a mental health crisis or a psychotic episode and may […]
October 10th is World Mental Health Day. In 2018, the World Health Organization’s focus is on the mental health challenges faced by teens and young adults.
It’s been estimated that approximately 1.6 % of adults in the United States struggle with BPD. The number may actually be much higher than that, and many experts believe that the correct number may actually be closer to six percent. Even at 1.6%, that’s over five million Americans who have this disorder.
Borderline personality disorder wasn’t recognized as a psychiatric illness by the American Psychiatric Association until 1980. It’s classified as a personality disorder, which means it’s a disorder in how the individual relates to himself or herself and to other people.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During this time, individuals and organizations are encouraged to share stories and experiences of those who have been touched by suicide and to help raise awareness.
When a person’s life spirals out of control or stops making sense, treatment can make a big difference, but only if that person seeks help. What stops people from trying to get the help they need for mental health problems?
Instead of focusing on how uncomfortable you are with treatment and how much you don’t want to participate, turn your focus to the benefits of staying in treatment. DBT aims to teach you the skills that you need to cope with difficult symptoms.
If you have high-functioning bipolar disorder, you may appear to be perfectly fine. But, ignoring bipolar symptoms can lead to more severe symptoms.
DBT works best on people who have complex mental health disorders that are difficult to treat.
National Minority Mental Health Month focuses on awareness of the fact that certain communities struggle with mental health challenges yet have less access to health care, lower quality care or cultural stigma.
Although BPD is a serious mental illness, effective treatment is possible. Psychotherapy is the most important aspect of treatment and may include dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy and any other type of therapy that teaches ways to cope with emotional dysregulation.
May is National Mental Health Month, a time when many groups and organizations strive to raise awareness of the struggles faced by those with mental health conditions.
National Women’s Health Week is meant to be a reminder for women to do whatever they can to improve their health. Focusing on health for this week each year is intended to help women make taking care of themselves a priority.
Depression can be mild to moderate, with symptoms including little appetite, difficulty sleeping, lack of interest in daily activities and recurring thoughts of suicide or death. In addition to these overwhelming feelings, several other depression symptoms exist.
Some of the symptoms of BPD closely resemble these other psychiatric problems and, for that reason, it is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed.
DBT was developed as a means of treatment for BPD and effectively treats other disorders, including depression, eating disorders, substance use disorders.
World Bipolar Day aims to raise awareness and sensitivity toward this often misunderstood disorder.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well known, well respected and effective psychotherapeutic technique used to treat anxiety disorders.
Mindfulness is a tool that helps people manage a variety of mental and emotional struggles. A great way to learn about mindfulness is to read one of the many books on this topic.
Understanding the difference between situational moodiness and serious depression can be subtle. How can you know when to suggest your loved one schedule that visit to the doctor, and what can you do to be supportive?
Whether you struggle with depression, substance abuse, or any other mental health disorder, you can confidently narrow down your options to determine if a therapist is right for you, without feeling defeated.
If you have a family member who is about to enter residential mental health treatment, you probably have a lot of questions.
An essential part of counseling women with Borderline Personality Disorder BPD is setting goals, maintaining accountability, and tracking progress.
How can you tell if you are experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or just the doldrums of winter?
Self-medicating with drugs and alcohol can be an attempt to numb oneself to painful truths. Addiction and depression devolve into a cycle that feeds itself, so getting help that can effectively break the cycle for good involves getting help with not just one problem, but both.
The holidays can be triggers for emotional distress for people with borderline personality disorder. The key is to identify the bad habits you want replace.
Using (or abusing) alcohol to cope with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) creates a vicious cycle of emotional dysregulation.
Many familiar mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are more common in women than in men. And unfortunately, women sometimes live with a mental illness for months, even years, before seeking treatment.
One of the many strengths of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is that it is an evidence-based practice. This means that the treatment plan integrates clinical expertise with external scientific evidence.
Eating disorders (EDs) are particularly common in individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
How do you know if your mood swings are the result of the changing environment around you, or whether they are a symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?
Finding a Borderline Personality Disorder treatment center that involves family in the process will be vital helping your loved one recover. It’s not just those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder who would be helped by learning skills such as mindfulness and better communication.
Based on overlapping symptoms, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are often mistaken for one another.
Just as important as treatment for the person with Borderline Personality Disorder is support for the families. These family support systems are invaluable even when your loved one with Borderline Personality Disorder either does not see a need for BPD treatment or sees a need but refuses to undergo treatment.
Have you ever finished a meal without having really tasted a bite? Have you rushed to finish breakfast in your car on the way to work? You can end the eating-on-auto-pilot cycle with mindful eating, a skill taught in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) programs.
Feeling validated is important for everyone, but is of great importance in recovery from the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Validation is one of the key components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is used in the treatment of BPD.
Among the many theories and assumptions made about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and those who suffer from its symptoms is the idea that people with BPD have a lower tolerance to stress, have elevated reactions to stress, and have longer recovery times from stressful events.
Seventy percent of people living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) attempt suicide. Ten percent of those diagnosed with BPD complete suicide, a suicide rate that is several times higher than that of any other mental illness.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Bipolar Disorder share many similar symptoms, the most evident being unstable moods and impulsive actions.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) has a suicide rate many times that of the general population, and even higher than that of any other mental illness.