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By Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, PhD

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  • When Your Loved One Is Refusing Treatment Created: Monday, March 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    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...
  • The Cluster B Personality Disorders Created: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    There are four Cluster B personality disorders: antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic." itemprop="description"> Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    BPD relationships are often chaotic, intense, and conflict-laden. This can be especially true for romantic BPD relationships. Many people have been hurt in their romantic relationships with borderl...
  • Personality Disorders Created: Friday, March 04, 2011 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Here are the ten personality disorders listed in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR)." itemprop="description" Thursday, February 26, 2009 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Emotion regulation skills training can help you to reduce emotional ups and downs and improve your overall psychological health. Learn more about how emotion regulation skills training can help you...
  • Disinhibition - What Is Disinhibition? Created: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    This glossary entry gives a detailed definition of the term disinhibition in the context of bipolar disorder. It indicates a state of reduced control.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms Created: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Borderline personality disorder symptoms include instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and emotion, as well as impulsive behaviors. Learn more about the symptoms of BPD."
  • Borderline and Avoidant Personality Disorder Created: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    Borderline and avoidant personality disorder co-occur so frequently that in some samples over 40% of individuals with BPD also have APD." itemprop="description" Friday, March 21, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    What is borderline personality disorder (BPD)? What are the symptoms of BPD? How is BPD treated? Learn more about the basics of borderline personality disorder." itemprop="r="$zTP='t3'" --> itempro...
  • Building a Coping Skills Toolbox Created: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    If you are struggling with intense emotions, impulsive behavior, self harm, or suicidality, you need to find ways to cope when your emotions start to take over. Building a coping skills toolbox is ...
  • Anti-Anxiety Medications for BPD Created: Sunday, November 29, 2009 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Some individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are prescribed anti-anxiety medications (also called “anxiolytics”) to treat the intense anxiety and agitation that can come ...
  • Antipsychotics for Borderline Personality Disorder Created: Sunday, October 25, 2009 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Although we now know that BPD does not share features with psychosis, research has shown that antipsychotic medication for borderline personality disorder can be effective.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder Medications Created: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Borderline personality disorder medications have been shown to reduce certain symptoms. Learn more about medications that are commonly used to treat borderline personality disorder.
  • Common BPD Medication Side Effects Created: Thursday, July 22, 2010 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    What are the side effects of the most common BPD medications?
  • Mood Stabilizers for BPD - Are They Effective? Created: Thursday, March 18, 2010 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    It has become increasingly common for psychiatrists to prescribe mood stabilizers for borderline personality disorder, and there is some evidence that these medications can be effective in reducing...
  • Antidepressants for BPD Created: Thursday, December 24, 2009 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    While psychotherapy is considered the central aspect of treatment for personality disorder (BPD), many people are prescribed antidepressants for BPD. No medication is FDA approved to treat BPD, but...
  • What are Anxiolytics? Created: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    What are anxiolytics? Learn about commonly prescribed anxiolytics and their uses.
  • What are Benzodiazepines? Created: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    What are benzodiazepines? Learn about commonly prescribed benzodiazepines and their indications.
  • Off-Label Use Created: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    What is an off label use? What does it mean when your doctor prescribes a medication for off label use? Learn more about off label use.
  • Agranulocytosis Created: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013
    What is agranulocytosis? Learn about the definition of agranulocytosis.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder Created: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013
    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 Created: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013
    Borderline personality disorder treatment options include medications, psychotherapy, and intensive treatment programs. Learn more about the various treatments for BPD.
  • Distress Tolerance Skills for Borderline Personality - Practicing Distress Tolerance Skills Created: Monday, May 25, 2009 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    Distress tolerance skills training is a core feature of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD). The distress tolerance skills are meant to reduce impulsive behavior,..
  • Finding Meaning - An Exercise to Promote Finding Meaning in Your Life Created: Sunday, May 24, 2009 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    This is one exercise that is designed to help you identify what is meaningful to you. Of course, finding meaning is not an easy process, and no one exercise will get you there; finding meaning take..
  • The BPD Family – The Effects of Borderline Personality Disorder on the BPD Family Created: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    What effects do symptoms of borderline personality disorder have on the family? Learn more about life in the BPD family.
  • Coping and Borderline Personality Disorder - 10 Ways to Cope Right Now Created: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    Want to change the way you respond to intense emotions? For some ideas, use this list of healthy coping skills to get started.
  • How Do You Tolerate Distress - Distress Tolerance Skills for BPD Created: Monday, May 25, 2009 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    People with borderline personality disorder (BPD) often engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors in an attempt to reduce intense emotional pain. Distress tolerance skills are alternative, healthier ..
  • Finding Meaning in Your Life - How Have Yo Found Meaning Created: Sunday, May 24, 2009 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    Sometimes people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other psychiatric disorders struggle to find meaning in their lives. How have you found meaning? What can other people with BPD do to..
  • Who Am I - Struggling with Identity Problems Created: Sunday, May 24, 2009 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    Do you often ask yourself
  • Borderline Personality Symptoms - Describing Your Borderline Personality Symptoms Created: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    The symptoms of BPD can be very hard to understand for someone who has not experienced them. How do you let other people know what it feels like to have BPD? Do you have a particular way of explain..
  • Life in a BPD Family - What is Life Like in a BPD Family Created: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    Having a family member with BPD is a very difficult experience, and one that is hard for other people to understand. What is one thing about what it is like to live with someone with BPD that you w..
  • How Did You Find Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment - Finding the Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment You Need Created: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011
    Many people with borderline personality disorder do not get the treatment they need for years after they first start experiencing symptoms. This can happen due to a variety of factors, including fi..

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