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Why Are So Many Gay People Diagnosed With BPD? 

A study carried out by Rodriguez-Seijasat (2013) at the University of Michigan suggests that medical professionals are more likely to diagnose LGBT people with BPD than they are to diagnose heterosexuals with the same disorder.  The study involved 36000 participants aged 18 to 90 years old.  Approximately 3 percent were LGBT and the other 97 …

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Hypnotherapy For Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Symptoms

Hypnotherapy tends to work best for treating symptoms of BPD as an adjunct therapy (i. e. alongside other therapies such as CBT and DBT- see the hypnotherapy section of this site). There are various hypnotherapeutic techniques that may be particularly helpful for treating symptoms of BPD: The Grounding Technique: A key symptom of BPD is …

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4 Types Of Borderline Mother : Witch, Hermit, Waif And Queen.

    “The Queen is controlling, the Witch is sadistic, the Hermit is fearful, and the Waif is helpless”.   Christine Ann Lawson, Understanding the Borderline Mother For those of us who grew up with mothers who suffered from a borderline personality disorder (BPD), our childhoods were often painful and anguished. We found ourselves living …

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What Were The Effects Of Adolf Hitler’s Childhood And Did He Have BPD?

In the 1940s, at the request of the Office of Strategic Services, a former incarnation of the Criminal Intelligence Agency (CIA), a psychiatrist by the name of Walter Langer produced a psychological profile of Hitler, including details about his childhood. Below, I summarize the most salient findings. Adolf Hitler’s father was described as frequently intoxicated, …

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Are Adult Borderline Personality Disorder Sufferers Eternal 13-Year-Olds?

The normal development of self involves the following stages. Approximately 6 months: the capacity for self-observation develops Approximately 12 months: the capacity for symbolic thinking becomes well established as does a ‘sense of self’ Approximately 7 to 11 years: the capacity for concrete operational thinking becomes established, as does an intense emotional life. Also, at …

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Theories Of Causes Of Anger And Borderline Personality Disorder

As we have seen from numerous other articles that I have published on this site, those who suffered significant and chronic childhood trauma are at much-increased risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) in their adult lives compared to those who were fortunate enough to grow up in relatively stable, non-threatening, loving and nurturing families. …

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What Is BPD Splitting?

  ‘The [individual’s] early adaptation by the means of splitting [is] not an expression of cowardice, but…really his only chance of survival, to escape his fear of annihilation.’ Alice Miller, ‘The Drama Of Being A Child.’   Infants and toddlers (aged from approximately eighteen months to thirty-six months old) find it extremely hard to tolerate …

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Identity Disturbance And Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

  BPD And Identity Disturbance : One of the defining symptoms of borderline personality disorder (a condition strongly associated with childhood trauma) is identity disturbance. In other words, many individuals with BPD have an unstable self-image and no firm sense of their identity; they may sum up such issues by using expressions such as: ‘I …

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Family Therapy And Adolescent BPD Sufferers

  Borderline Personality Disorder In Adolescents : I have written elsewhere about why some mental health clinicians are reluctant to diagnose borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adolescents. However, when an adolescent is believed to be suffering from this extremely serious psychiatric condition, family therapy can be of potentially crucial importance. What Is Family Therapy? Quite …

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Why BPD Sufferers Can Often Read Others’ Emotions So Perceptively

  When I was a young child, my mother always remarked upon how easily I picked up on the slightest emotional signals she, and others, displayed (such as a tiny change in expression, a very slight change in tone of voice, subtle variations of body language, etc). What both she (I presume)  and I were …

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Should BPD Treatment Be More Individualized?

Above image: Creative Commons Licence Problems Relating To The Diagnosis Of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): In order to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) an individual must suffer from AT LEAST FIVE SYMPTOMS out of a total of NINE listed in the DSM V (The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). …

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Unable To Control Emotions? ‘Amygdala Hijack’ And BPD

One of the main, and most problematic, symptoms that those with borderline personality disorder (a disorder strongly associated with childhood trauma) suffer from is the experiencing of disproportionately intense emotional responses when under stress and an inability to control them or efficiently recover and calm down once such tempestuous emotions have been aroused. This severe symptom …

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Vital Environmental Factors That Can Prevent Recovery From PTSD And BPD

If, as a result of childhood trauma, we have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or borderline personality disorder (BPD) our post-traumatic environment can have an extremely strong impact upon our chances of recovery. I list some particularly important factors below : LACK OF SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS, FAMILY AND THE WIDER COMMUNITY / SOCIETY If we …

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Nine Key Recovery Targets For BPD Sufferers

We have already seen from other articles published on this site that those of us who suffered severe childhood trauma are at a much-increased risk of developing borderline personality disorder (BPD) as adults than average. We have also examined the symptoms of BPD in other posts so there is no need to repeat that here. …

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Borderline Personality Disorder And Childhood Trauma

We can say, with a very considerable degree of confidence indeed, that there exists a strong link between borderline personality disorder and childhood trauma; a large body of research has shown that individuals who have suffered childhood trauma and/or neglect are far more likely to develop borderline personality disorder (BPD) as adults than those who were …

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