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Are People With Borderline Personality Disorder ‘Superempaths?’

The researcher, Khrohn, found that sufferers of borderline personality disorder (BPD), when they were children, were frequently exceptionally sensitive, perceptive, and empathetic (hence the use of the word ‘superempath’ in the title of this article) and had parents (or a parent) who took advantage of and exploited these skills and qualities in order to help …

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BPD Quiz

Answering 5 or more of the questions with a ‘yes’ suggests a possible (NOT definite) diagnosis of BPD (Source: NHS). However, This quiz is NOT for diagnosis and is for information purposes only. It is in no way intended as an alternative to a consultation with a doctor, psychiatrist or other health professional. Loading…

Study Suggests Emotional Abuse And Neglect Most Directly Linked To BPD

A recent study carried out at Manchester University analyzed data obtained from a number of previous studies (42 studies in all involving over 5000 participants) on how childhood trauma affects mental health (this type of study is known as a meta-analysis). The study found that: 71.1 %of individuals who had received a diagnosis of borderline …

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A Possible Explanation For BPD Diagnosis In Absence Of Child Trauma History

As we have seen from previous articles that I have published on this site, there is a very strong link between having suffered severe and protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma and later being diagnosed as suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) or, to put it more simply, there now exists overwhelming evidence that serious childhood trauma …

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Cognitive Problems At 8 Years-Old Linked To BPD Symptoms At 12

A longitudinal study (i.e. a study that is observational and carried out over a period of time, sometimes many years) carried out by Morales-Muñoz et al. The study involved just under 14,000 children all of whom were of relatively similar age (born between April 1991 and December 1992).  One of its key findings was that …

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LGBTIQ+ Individuals More Likely To Be Diagnosed With BPD

We know that the effects of parenting, particularly mothering (e.g. Kohut) on the individuals are connected with the later development of borderline personality disorder but these adverse psychological effects can, of course, be exacerbated by other stressors in the individual’s life and one such stressor may be one’s sexual or gender identity. Silverstein argues that …

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Did Your Parent Only Show Love When You Were Sad, Upset Or Ill?

According to the interpersonal psychotherapist Lorna Smith Benjamin (born 1934 and renowned for her innovative therapy for working with clients suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other personality disorders who have proved treatment-resistant in relation to more traditional types of therapy), families in which children develop borderline personality disorder (BPD) later in life commonly …

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Evolutionary Model for Personality Disorders

We have seen that severe and protracted childhood, interpersonal trauma can increase our risk of developing various personality disorders as adults (with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, having received the most interest from researchers). Personality disorders are (in theory, at least) diagnosed by looking at a variety of an individual’s personality traits and determining if …

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BPD And Extreme Mental Pain AKA Psychogenic Pain Or Psychalgia

We have seen from other articles that I have already published on this site that many professionals who work within the field of mental health consider borderline personality disorder (BPD) to be the most psychologically and emotionally painful psychiatric condition there is. On top of this terrible mental suffering, many individuals with BPD also must …

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BPD Sufferers And Difficulties Getting Adequate Professional Help

A recent study carried out by Proctor et al., 2020, has produced further evidence that BPD sufferers frequently find it highly problematic gaining access to effective treatment such as dialectical behaviour therapy, or DBT. (In relation to this problem, you may wish to read my previously published articles: How  Malignant Alienation May Impoverish Care BPD …

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BPD Sufferers’ ‘Faster Time Perception Linked To Impulsivity.’

  A study conducted by Berlin et al., 2004, found that individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) appear to perceive the passing of time as faster than non-BPD individuals. The BPD sufferers in the study all self-harmed (an impulsive behaviour). TIME PERCEPTION Participants in the study were asked to estimate how long each of …

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Depression: Components Of The Mental Pain Experienced By Sufferers

We have seen from numerous other articles that I’ve published on this site that if we experienced severe and chronic interpersonal childhood trauma we are, as adults, at an elevated risk of developing clinical depression (as well as a plethora of other psychiatric and, indeed, physical conditions). We have also seen that, if we are …

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Can Someone Suffer From More Than One Personality Disorder?

The short answer is yes. We have seen from numerous other articles that I have previously published on this site that those who have been unfortunate enough to have suffered severe, protracted, interpersonal childhood trauma are at increased risk of being diagnosed with a personality disorder in adult life. But how many personality disorders can …

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‘Psychache’ And Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Shneidman coined the term ‘PSYCHACHE‘ and he used the word to refer to unbearable mental pain, inner torment and turmoil. He theorized that this terrible mental pain was caused by: unmet psychological needs (see ‘UNMET CORE NEEDS’ below). and a combination of various negative emotions (including guilt, fear, helplessness and loneliness) to form a GENERALIZED …

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A Study Into The Terrible Mental Pain Experienced By BPD SUfferers.

    Borderline Personality Disorder And Depression: A large majority of borderline personality disorder (BPD) suffer at least one episode of major depression during their lifetime. However, does the kind of mental pain experienced by those with suffering from BPD and depressive disorder differ from the kind of mental pain experienced by those suffering from …

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Unable To Live In The Present? Therapy And Dual Awareness Can Help

    Many people who have suffered severe and protracted childhood trauma and, as a result, go on to develop complex posttraumatic stress disorder or related conditions often feel permanently stuck in the past and unable to live in the present. Indeed, the past may seem more real and substantial than the present – in …

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Labelling People As Having BPD May Adversely Affect Their Treatment

Aaron Beck (American psychiatrist and professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania) describes two therapists talking: ‘I’m having trouble with my patient with personality disorder.’ ‘How do you know they have personality disorder?’ ”Because I’m having trouble with them.’ The above tautological, verbal exchange, whilst it may  (or may not) be apocryphal, succinctly reflects how many individuals …

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