Sunday, August 23, 2009

What is Borderline Personalty Disorder?

What is Borderline personality Disorder?

Straight from Wikipedia:
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a psychiatric diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV Personality Disorders 301.83)[1] that describes a prolonged disturbance of personality function characterized by depth and variability of moods.[2] The disorder typically involves unusual levels of instability in mood; "black and white" thinking, or "splitting"; chaotic and unstable interpersonal relationships, self-image, identity, and behavior; as well as a disturbance in the individual's sense of self. In extreme cases, this disturbance in the sense of self can lead to periods of dissociation.[3] These disturbances can have a pervasive negative impact on many or all of the psychosocial facets of life. This includes difficulties maintaining relationships in work, home and social settings. Attempted suicide and completed suicide are possible outcomes, especially without proper care and effective therapy.[4]

Onset of symptoms typically occurs during adolescence or young adulthood. Symptoms may persist for several years, but the majority of symptoms lessen in severity over time,[4] with some individuals fully recovering. The mainstay of treatment is various forms of psychotherapy, although medication and other approaches may also improve symptoms. While borderline personality disorder can manifest itself in children and teenagers, therapists are discouraged from diagnosing anyone before the age of 18, due to adolescence and a still-developing personality.

There are some instances when BPD can be evident and diagnosed before the age of 18. The DSM-IV states: “To diagnose a personality disorder in an individual under 18 years, the features must have been present for at least 1 year.” In other words, it is possible to diagnose borderline personality disorder in children and teens, but only if the symptoms have been present, continuously, for over a year.

There is some evidence that BPD diagnosed in adolescence is consistent in adulthood. It is possible that the diagnosis, if applicable, would be helpful in creating a more effective treatment plan for the child or teen.[5][6]

As with other mental disorders, the causes of BPD are complex and unknown.[7] One finding is a history of childhood trauma (possibly child sexual abuse),[8] although researchers have suggested diverse possible causes, such as a genetic predisposition, neurobiological factors, environmental factors, or brain abnormalities.[7] The prevalence of BPD in the United States has been calculated as 1 percent to 3 percent of the adult population,[7] with approximately 75 percent of those diagnosed being female.[9] It has been found to account for 20 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations. Common comorbid (co-occurring) conditions are mental disorders such as substance abuse, depression and other mood, and personality disorders. BPD is one of four diagnoses classified as "cluster B" ("dramatic-erratic") personality disorders typified by disturbances in impulse control and emotional dysregulation, the others being narcissistic, histrionic, and antisocial personality disorders.[10]

The term borderline, although it was used in this context as early as the 17th century, was employed by Adolph Stern in 1938 to describe a condition as being on the borderline between neurosis and psychosis. Because the term no longer reflects current thinking, there is an ongoing debate concerning whether this disorder should be renamed.[7] There is related concern that the diagnosis stigmatizes people, usually women, and supports pejorative and discriminatory practices.[11]

People suffering from borderline personality disorder and their families often feel the hardships are compounded by a lack of clear diagnoses, effective treatments, and accurate information. At their request, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously declared the month of May as Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month (H. Res. 1005, 4/1/08), citing BPD’s "prevalence, enormous public health costs, and ... devastating toll on individuals, families, and communities."

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What it's like to live with BPD

Do you know someone that has Borderline Personality Diorder? Do you even understand what it's like for a day in life of a person with BPD? Please watch this video so you can see for yourself and tell me what you think .

Monday, August 17, 2009

Freedom and what it means to an addict

Freedom, what does it mean to an recovering addict? It's the liberation from or restraint or from the power of another. Where it no longer controls you or has a hold on you. Recovery does bring freedom! Too reach recovery, you must first admit to being an addict and that you need help. What's the saying,"The truth shall set you free"! A sympton of our disease is alienation, and honest sharing will free us to recover. Truth coneects us to life while fear, isolation, and dishonesty alienate us from it. As addicts, we hide the truth about ourselves from as much as the world as possible, that fear keeps us from opening up to those around us, providing us with protection. Truth is my connection to reality, so today I will ask myself,"Am I telling the truth?".

There is a way to get some help and still be kinda of annonomous, if thats the way you want it or just not quite ready to tell the whole world and it's called," In the Rooms", a global recovery community. In The Rooms, you can Find Old Friends,
Make New Friends, Seek Help in Recovery,
Create a Group, Learn about Recovery,
Choose Your Level of Privacy,
and much more... and yes, I'm also a member!
It's a global community, but started here in south Florida with some big names attached to it. Their motto is HITCH=Help Inform Touch Connect Heal. This is a disease that needs alot more attention drawn to it and education. And thats what they're trying to do.

On September 12, 2009, in Bicentennial Park in Miami, FL, and Informed Families will make the first attempt in South Florida to counter the stigma of alcoholism and addiction that plagues not only those in Recovery, but the entire community as well. This is going to be a spectacular event. The day begins with a 5K walk, to be followed by an all day festival and concert, featuring Richie Supa of Aerosmith fame, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Legend Eric Burdon and The Animals. All funds raised go to prevention, awareness, and education for the Recovery community, to show that Recovery is an asset, not a liability. Registration for the walk requires a donation of $9 per walker and includes admission to the festival and concert; those who wish to only attend the concert are asked to donate $20.

We do not wish to be viewed any longer as the guy in the park drinking out of the paper bag, or the person living under the bridge begging for change. We are young and old; we are male and female, we are your family, friends, neighbors, teachers, doctors, lawyers. We are all recovering from a disease that is chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal; yet we are productive members of society, we are good, decent, spiritually healthy people who know there is a solution to living life clean and sober. Just like those marching for breast cancer awareness, we too are survivors. This is not a cause, this is a movement!

Please join us September 12 for this revolutionary event, and if you can’t make it down to Miami, you can still make a tax deductible donation at in order to enable someone else to walk in your place.

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