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Borderline Personality Disorder Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about borderline personality disorder.

When Your Loved One Is Refusing Treatment
It is not uncommon for someone with clear mental health problems to refuse treatment. When your loved one is refusing treatment that could save their life, you may feel desperate and helpless. What can you do if a loved one is refusing treatment?

What is Axis II?
The DSM-IV-TR, the official guidebook for the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, allows clinicians to diagnose individuals on five different areas, or "axes," including Axis II. Disorders that are long-standing (i.e., typically present before adulthood) are diagnosed on Axis II.

Can I Get Better on My Own?
Unfortunately, BPD just isn't the kind of disorder that can be treated easily through a self help approach. This isn't to say that self help for borderline personality disorder doesn't exist; its just that none of these programs are intended to be used alone.

Why Does Everybody Leave Me?
People with BPD often have an intense fear of abandonment. Unfortunately, many of the symptoms often create a self-fulfilling prophecy, causing people with BPD to actually be abandoned by others.

Should I Tell Others I Have BPD?
Should you tell others about your BPD diagnosis? Or is it best to keep that information confidential? What is the best way to figure out if it is a good idea to tell others?

Why Do BPD Symptoms Decline With Age?
Studies show that BPD symptoms tend to diminish with age. Unfortunately we don’t know exactly why borderline personality disorder symptoms tend to reduce over time. However, experts have speculated that there could be a few reasons why people with borderline personality disorder tend to get better with age.

Is Electroconvulsive Therapy a Treatment Option for BPD?
Is electroconvulsive therapy as a treatment option for people with depression and borderline personality disorder? Learn more about the indications for electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT.

Can Couples Counseling for Borderline Personality Save My Marriage?
If your partner or spouse has borderline personality disorder, will couples counseling for borderline personality help? Learn more about the effectiveness of couples counseling in borderline personality couples.

Is There a Link Between Borderline Personality and Lying?
Is it true that borderline personality is associated with lying? If a person with borderline personality disorder (BPD) lies, is that just a symptom of the disorder? Learn more about the link between BPD and lying.

Is There a Link Between Borderline Personality and Violence?
Is there a link between borderline personality and violence? Learn more about whether borderline personality disorder is associated with violence, and how to get help.

What Is a Flashback?
What is a flashback? Learn how to identify whether you (or a loved one) experience flashbacks.

Should I Divorce My BPD Spouse?
Should you divorce your BPD spouse? There is no easy answer, but here are some things to consider.

Borderline Personality and Paranoia
Many people with borderline personality experience paranoid ideation (i.e., beliefs that others aim to harm them, despite evidence to the contrary) under conditions of stress. Paranoia in BP is different than in psychotic disorders, however.

Is There a Way To Predict Borderline Personality Disorder Prognosis?
Is there any way to predict borderline personality disorder prognosis? Who will recover from borderline personality disorder, and who will continue to have symptoms? Learn more about predictors of borderline personality disorder prognosis.

Requesting Therapy Notes
There are special rules that govern whether or not you will be granted access once you have requested therapy notes or other mental health records. In some cases, your request for therapy notes may be denied by your practitioner.

What is Splitting?
What is splitting? Learn more about splitting in borderline personality disorder (BPD).

What is a Personality Disorder?
What is a personality disorder? How is a personality disorder diagnosed? Learn more about the criteria for personality disorders.

What is the Difference Between CBT and DBT?
Confused about the difference between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for borderline personality disorder?

Will I Have BPD Forever?
I have been diagnosed with BPD. Does this mean I will have it for the rest of my life?

What Should I Do in a Crisis?
What should you do if you (or a loved one) are at immediate risk of harming yourself or someone else?

Why is it Called Borderline Personality Disorder?
What does the term "borderline" in borderline personality disorder mean?

Are Men or Women More Likely to Have BPD?
Are there gender differences in the prevalence of BPD?

Why is BPD Called an "Axis II" Disorder?
Why have I heard BPD called an "Axis II" disorder? What does "Axis II" mean?

Borderline Personality and College: Can I Handle College If I…
Beginning college is a challenge for any young adult, but dealing with borderline personality and college make a particularly difficult transition. Can someone with borderline person be successful in college?

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