BPD

BPD : Effects Of Biparental Dysfunction and Invalidation

  Image source: Freepics.com The most up-to-date research into the causes of borderline personality disorder (BPD) indicates that the following two factors are especially likely to put a young person at risk of developing BPD in later life. These are : 1) Biparental dysfunction – in essence, this means that there is an enduring, seriously problematic relationship …

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Sexuality

In several of my previous posts on the topic of borderline personality disorder (BPD), I have referred to how those who suffer from this serious condition tend to be highly impulsive, and, as might be anticipated, research now shows that this tendency towards impulsivity is likely to extend into sexual behaviours. Indeed, many empirical studies have …

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Are You Addicted To Love? Four Types Of Love Addict

    Obsessions are a symptom of an underlying anxiety disorder and materialize as a result of great stress such as severe emotional injury during childhood. In order to escape a world of intolerable psychological pain and other mental health problems, the person suffering from obsessive love disorder escapes into a world of fantasy and …

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Childhood Trauma Linked to Homosexuality

It is a politically sensitive debate, but in the light of solid scientific findings, it is necessary to have the courage to address such matters. Childhood trauma has been linked in several research studies with sexual addiction/compulsion due to the dissociative state it produces sadomasochism, prostitution, and homosexuality. What Do LGBT Individuals Believe To Be …

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Highly Dysfunctional Families and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

  Those who go on to develop borderline personality disorder (BPD) almost invariably grew up as children in highly dysfunctional families in which the parent/s was/were emotionally unstable. I have written about BPD extensively in other articles on this site (to access them, simply type ‘BPD’ into the site’s search box) so I will only briefly recap upon …

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Personality Disorder Clusters and Severity Questionnaire

  It has been often stated in my posts that personality disorders are often linked to traumatic childhoods. I have already described several personality disorders, but I would like to introduce you to some we have not met before. I also wish to introduce the psychiatric concept of clusters. There are very many personality disorders, …

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Treating Conditions Linked To Childhood Trauma Eating Omega-3 Fats

As far as diet is concerned, there are good fats and bad fats. The fats we put into our bodies are of particular importance because of their effect upon brain functioning. Again, some fats have a very positive effect upon the brain, whilst others have a damaging effect. Fats of great benefit to the brain …

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Study Shows Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Improves Brain Functioning.

Above image: Creative Commons Licence   DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT), devised by Marsha Linehan,  the founder of Behavioral Tech, has been found to be particularly effective in treating those who, in part due to their childhood experiences, have gone on to develop BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (BPD). Five skills are central to dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT); …

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4 Vital Elements Of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy For Treatment Of BPD

Above image: Creative Commons Licence   DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT), which helps individuals develop skills of mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness (see diagram above for more detail) is an exciting, relatively new treatment option for those suffering from BPD. It is a therapy which has elements in common with cognitive behavioural therapy …

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Childhood Trauma : Defense Mechanisms Resulting from Stress.

In our response to stress resulting from our childhood trauma and other factors we often develop psychological DEFENSE MECHANISMS in an attempt to protect ourselves (though, very often, we are not consciously aware that many behaviours/defence mechanisms we have developed in order to try to reduce the adverse effects of stress (though not all, eg …

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) : Latest Research Leads To New List Of Main Symptoms

    Main Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms : Recent research has led to an expansion of the description of the main borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms. Following the development of the Sheldern Western Assessment Procedure 200 (an assessment tool which includes 200 questions that aid in the diagnosis of BPD) experts, based on up-to-date research, …

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) : Further Treatment Options.

Individuals suffering from psychiatric conditions such as borderline personality disorder (BPD) find there are a vast array of therapies on offer purporting to be able to effectively treat them. The choice can seem overwhelming and confusing. In the case of BPD, however, although many different therapists may claim that the particular therapy that they offer …

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Childhood Trauma: Identity Problems and How to Tackle Them.

  One outcome of childhood trauma can frequently be that the person who has suffered it is prone to develop IDENTITY PROBLEMS. A person’s identity represents their attempt to pin down the essential elements he sees (rather than what others see) that make the individual who s/he is. One’s identity develops over time. Our identity …

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Childhood Trauma: The Five Main Personality Disorders.

  Because childhood trauma has frequently been linked to the later development of borderline personality disorder (BPD), I have devoted a whole category of this blog to the analysis of that particular condition (see CATEGORIES section). However, as childhood trauma can also contribute to other personality disorders (for example, see the Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders …

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Childhood Trauma: How The Child’s View Of Their Own ‘Badness’ Is Perpetuated.

                                When a child is continually mistreated, s/he will inevitably conclude that s/he must be innately bad. This is because s/he has a need (at an unconscious level) to preserve the illusion that her/his parents are good; this can only …

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Childhood Trauma: The Link with Future Gambling.

Childhood Trauma And Gambling Addiction :   Research suggests that childhood trauma increases the likelihood of future addictions, including gambling. This gambling may become pathological. The types of childhood trauma that were experienced in pathological gamblers include violence, sexual abuse and loss. For instance, Jacobs (2008) conducted research demonstrating that childhood trauma greatly increased the …

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Psychotherapeutic Interventions That Research Suggests Are Helpful For Individuals Suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

  A quick search of the internet reveals a very large range of therapies on offer which purports to treat BPD effectively. Indeed, the sheer range of putative treatments can seem confusing and overwhelming. It is for this reason that I concentrate on just six treatments that research suggests are the most beneficial. Let’s look …

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