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The Cluster B Personality Disorders

There are four Cluster B personality disorders: antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a psychotherapy that effectively reduces many symptoms of BPD. Learn what to expect in DBT, and how to find a provider.

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Borderline personality disorder treatment options include medications, psychotherapy, and intensive treatment programs. Learn more about the various treatments for BPD.

Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Complex posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sometimes referred to as disorder of extreme stress not otherwise specified (DESNOS), is thought to result from chronic interpersonal trauma in childhood.

Borderline and Dependent Personality

Dependent personality disorder frequently co-occurs with borderline personality disorder. How are these two disorders similar, and why do they overlap so frequently? One answer may be in their shared symptoms related to relationship functioning.

Borderline Personality and Problems Related to Thinking

Many people with borderline personality experience symptoms related to the process and content of their thinking, or cognition. These symptoms can include paranoid ideation, dissociation, and dichotomous thinking.

The McLean Screening Instrument for Borderline Personality Disorder (MSI-BPD)

The McLean Screening Instrument for Borderline Personality Disorder is designed to screen for borderline personality.

Borderline and Avoidant Personality Disorder

Avoidant personality disorder (APD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive shyness, social inhibition, sensitivity to criticism, and avoidance of social situations. People with avoidant personality disorder frequently have other co-occurring psychiatric conditions, including borderline personality disorder.

A Test for Borderline Personality Symptoms

The Borderline Evaluation of Severity Over Time (BEST) is a self-rating test for borderline personality disorder (BPD). This test evaluates the severity of and change in BPD symptoms over time. The BEST is a reliable and valid measure of borderline personality symptoms.

BPD News Sources

When you are looking for the latest BPD news, you need look no further than the internet. Here is a list of some of the best ways to find BPD news online.

Borderline Personality Disorder Medications

Borderline personality disorder medications have been shown to reduce certain symptoms. Learn more about medications that are commonly used to treat borderline personality disorder.

BPD Triggers

Most people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have particular triggers (i.e., events or situations that exacerbate their symptoms or lead to psychiatric crises). Learn more about BPD triggers and how they can be managed.

BPD and Depression

Many people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) also experience problems with depression — in fact, it is very uncommon that someone with BPD does not also meet criteria for a mood disorder. But what is unique about depression in BPD, and how might having both conditions affect your treatment options?

Borderline Personalities

Borderline personalities struggle with four main areas of functioning: emotions, relationships, behavior, and thinking. Many experts have speculated that there are different types of borderline personalities, and these types may present very differently.

EMDR Therapy

EMDR Therapy, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, is a treatment designed to reduce psychological symptoms associated with traumatic events. Learn more about EMDR therapy, and whether this is an effective therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-linked disorders.

Personality Disorders

There are ten personality disorders listed in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). The personality disorders are psychological conditions that begin in adolescence or early adulthood, continue over many years, and interfere with a person's ability to enjoy life or achieve fulfillment in relationships, work or school.

Venting

The idea that venting or letting off steam can help you manage your anger is not a new one -- for many decades mental health professionals thought that this type of venting was essential to anger management. But new research is suggesting that venting may not actually work, and in fact could cause more harm than good.

Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a tendency to disregard rules, laws, and/or the rights of others. People with antisocial personalities frequently have other co-occurring psychiatric disorders, including borderline personality disorder.

What Is Multi-Axial Diagnosis?

The current diagnostic system for psychiatric disorders, the DSM-IV-TR, uses a multi-axial system of diagnosis. But what is multi-axial diagnosis, and how can you interpret the multi-axial system? Learn more about multi-axial diagnosis in the DSM-IV-TR.

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by an inflated sense of self importance and other symptoms related to identity and relationships with others. People with narcissistic personalities frequently have other co-occurring psychiatric disorders, including borderline personality disorder.

Histronic Personality Disorder

Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive displays of emotion, attention seeking, and need for approval. People with histrionic personality disorder frequently have other co-occurring psychiatric conditions, including borderline personality disorder.

A Primer on Therapist Stress Reduction

Therapists who work with high-risk patient populations can experience high levels of stress and a high degree of burnout. If you are a therapist experiencing a high degree of stress, it can affect your quality of life and the quality of the therapy you provide.

Emotional Invalidation

Chronic emotional invalidation, particularly in childhood, has been cited as one potential cause of borderline personality disorder (BPD). What is emotional invalidation, and how can an emotionally invalidating environment affect the developing child?

Validating Emotions

It is not always easy to validate the emotions of a spouse, partner, family member, or friend without feeling that you are resigning yourself to agree with their opinion. Here is how to validate emotions without necessarily agreeing with how your loved one sees things.

Managing Holiday Stress

Find ways to manage holiday stress and survive the holiday season. Learn about the sources of holiday stress and learn new ways of coping.

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