Borderline Personality Disorder – Simplified


To be formally diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), a person must show frequent signs of at least five out of nine symptoms of BPD. Manage your BPD by understanding various treatment options, and if you know someone with borderline personality disorder, consider ways you can help him or her cope.

The Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Diagnosing borderline personality disorder (BPD) is complex, even trained mental health professionals may have difficulty with the diagnosis because the symptoms of BDP can vary dramatically between people. A range of BPD symptoms exist and are grouped into nine categories. To be diagnosed with BPD you must exhibit frequently at least five of these nine symptoms:

  • Intense worries about abandonment and strong efforts to avoid it
  • Unpredictable, rocky relationships
  • Uncertainty about self-identity
  • Reckless, risky behaviors
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Highly volatile emotions
  • Profound feelings of hollowness or emptiness
  • Easily provoked rage
  • Short-term flights from reality

Important Information about Borderline Personality Disorder

Don’t despair if you’re diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Seeking help and finding the right treatment can be effective. Keep these things in mind about BPD:

  • Remember that BPD doesn’t define who you are. Try to view your symptoms as your BPD at work — not you.
  • If you have BPD, realize that you have lots of company. Many millions of people have the same problem.
  • Understand that treatment for BPD works, but it does take time and effort.
  • Don’t rely on medications alone for help with your BPD problems — they won’t suffice.
  • Know that other problems, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, often accompany BPD. These problems may require specific treatment in addition to the treatment you receive for BPD.
  • Try to realize that your therapist is on your side. Your fears of abandonment may cause you to push your therapist away — try to resist.

5 Ways To Beat Anxiety

Therapy In Wales

Anxiety can take over our lives, but there are ways in which you can help yourself to be less anxious, here are 5 of them.

Anxiety is one of the top two reasons why clients come to see us for help with hypnotherapy (the other is depression).  Hypnotherapy is extremely helpful, but its important to understand that the solution is in a collaborative approach, there is nothing anyone can do to or for the anxiety sufferer to make it go away – but there are practical things people with anxiety can do to help themselves and change the way they think.

Anxiety is the result of negative thinking or negative forecasting – ‘What If-ing’.  Constantly worrying about what might happen, what someone might think about you or someone else’s actions or problems triggers the part of the brain responsible for flight/fight (the Amygdala).  Once that happens, the mind then does a risk…

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Battling Test Anxiety

The Social Work Exam Tutor

Ok, so maybe you have the intellectual side of the test under control; you have your materials, your review books, and have taken as many online practice questions as possible.  But what if you’re a person that doesn’t feel that they test well, or are just feeling especially nervous as the day for your scheduled exam approaches?

First, an important note about the test:  The test is not designed to be a mine-field filled with tricks and traps to shatter the hopes of thousands upon thousands of doe-eyed grads and weeding most of them out to crown America’s Next Top Social Worker (TM) with accompanying agency assignments, dramatically edited reality-show clips, and commercial endorsements (I call shotgun on Apple and Applebee’s).

Instead, the test is designed to measure whether during our 1-4 years of grad school, through courses and integrated field experiences, we have the minimum set of competency to practice in…

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Depression Top Ten

Bouncing Around the Brain

In the wake of the news of Robin Williams taking his life and the wave of attention that depression and suicide have in turn received (both good and bad), I thought it would be helpful to address depression in a more helpful manner.

We can discuss and debate the cause and nature of depression, but I think what would be more beneficial is for us to stop and really consider how we can help those who are struggling with depression, regardless of how we think depression works or if it is a disease or not.

So, without further adieu – I present my Top Ten ways to support someone with depression.

1. Get informed. NAMI and NIMH are both great places to start. In today’s age of information access, ignorance is no excuse.

2. Be kind. Just treat someone who struggles with depression like a human being.

3. Don’t assume…

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Accepting schizo-affective disorder

Anchored In Knowledge Counseling

thinkingAre you the parent of or know someone who is the parent of an adult child with schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder? How would you respond to that diagnosis? What if your son or daughter was a stellar student with gifted abilities and one day lost her hope for a bright future because of a chronic mental health condition? The stress and strain that you would feel might almost take all the life in your soul. In fact, it might cause you to question why.

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