Borderline Personality Disorder

 

 

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Counseling and Mental Health Therapy for a number of issues such as:

  • Self-esteem and body image
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Acting out or impulsive behaviors
  • Anger or conflict with others
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Childhood or adult trauma
  • And many more…

What is Borderline Personality Disorder? 

In order to have Borderline Personality Disorder one must meet 5 of 9 criteria:

  •  Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
  •  A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
  • Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of sel
  • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., substance abuse, binge eating, and reckless driving)
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
  • Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
  • Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms
Could It Be Something Else? 

It may be helpful to be aware of other possible causes of you or a loved one’s behaviors. Even though someone may show signs of Borderline Personality Disorder, this may not necessarily mean he or she has it. For instance, signs of impulsivity, chronic feelings of emptiness, or addiction may be caused by the need for structure, discipline, or sense of purpose or meaning in one’s life. It could also be the result of a spiritual confusion or conflict, the death of a loved one, or a divorce or break-up. Likewise, having low self-esteem or abandonment issues could be the result of domestic violence abuse or other recent traumas. And finally, anger, rage, or mood swings could mean a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder or recent traumatic experience. In any case or scenario, it is important for you to seek help, because one source of suffering is not less important or more profound than other.

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