BPD rears its ugly head in many different ways. In order to be diagnosed with BPD, one must show at least 5 out of the 9 symptoms. The symptoms must be long-lasting and impacting many areas of the person's life.
1. Unstable Relationships: People with BPD tend to have relationships that are very intense & very short-lived. They fall in love very quickly, feeling that this new person they are in love with will make them feel whole & their life complete. Relationships either seem perfect or horrible, there is no middle ground.
2. Self-Harm: Suicidal tendencies & deliberate self-harm are very common among people with BPD. Common forms of self-harm include cutting & burning.
3. Fear of abandonment: People with BPD are often scared of being left alone. One tries to keep loved ones close, like starting fights and tracking one's movements. This usually drives others away.
4. Unclear self-image: When one has BPD, your sense of self is very often unstable. Sometimes you feel...
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that is often defined by emotional instability, impulsiveness, problems with relationships, and stress-related changes in behavior.
BPD can seriously impact the way you see yourself and most importantly the way one interacts with other people. It can also make it very challenging to respond to stressful situations in a productive way. People with BPD often find that their symptoms make it harder to hold down a job & maintain healthy relationships with people.
The only way to be diagnosed with BPD is by a medical professional, in particular a psychologist. Usually, the first line of treatment for BPD is psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, the goal of talk therapy is to help people understand their feelings and equip them with the skills to face any new challenges that may happen in the future.
It is very important to educate yourself about what a diagnosis of BPD means for you. It is a very...
The topic of the month for June is going to be Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD is a mental illness that makes it tough for a person to have confidence in themselves, which causes issues regulating emotions & impulses. Most people diagnosed with BPD have problems relating to other people & socializing.
Conquering emotional problems, feeling a sense of self-worth, and developing better relationships are the main goals of treatment for borderline personality disorder.
The exact cause or causes of BPD is not known. It is most likely caused by genetics as well as nature-nurture.
There is no test for BPD. It can only be diagnosed by a mental health professional after discussing different topics and getting to know the patient. The diagnosis can only be made if the individual has several signs & symptoms.
Medication is not usually appropriate for individuals with BPD but can be used short-term to manage a certain symptom. There are different methods of treatment for...
Depression is a mood disorder that makes constant sadness or lack of interest. Most people feel sad or depressed, it is when there is such intense sadness including feeling hopeless & worthless that last for many days to weeks. Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life and can even be serious enough to lead to suicide
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. You might feel anxious when you are faced with difficult problems, taking a test, or before making an important decision. The fear and anxiety can cause significant problems with social interactions, school, and work. This excessive anxiety or worry occurs most days for at least 6 months.
There are different types of depression as well as different types of anxiety disorders. But in the end, depression & anxiety are directly related and can occur at the same time. Both have similar treatments and there is a wide range of treatments.
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According to the Harvard Mental Health Letter, yoga can reduce the impact of stress, help with anxiety & depression, improve energy, & help self-soothe.
Many people choose yoga therapy to help with mental & emotional problems. Yoga is a very gentle exercise that embraces meditation and controlled, body movements. The focus on deep breathing and stretching your body is effective for relieving the symptoms of depression, such as sleep troubles, pain, and a loss of energy. As exercise yoga is a natural way to increase serotonin production. According to the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, serotonin production plays a role in the treatment of depression.
Yoga also increases heart rate but increasing the relaxation response over the stress response in the body. A higher change in times between heartbeats means that your body is better at monitoring or adapting to stress.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) & depression are two conditions that can ofter occur together. Having ADHD puts you at a 4x risk of having depression. The reason being is the chronic frustration & disappointment individuals with ADHD have. Individuals with ADHD have symptoms like troubles with school, work, relationships, and just the demands of everyday life which often can lead to having low self-esteem.
ADHD & depression are normally treated by medications, psychotherapies, or a combination of the two. Cognitive-behavioral therapy(CBT) has proven most effective against depression. The goal of CBT is to help the patient identify & reduce negative thoughts. Antidepressants that aim to boost the levels of serotonin & norepinephrine are the normal treatment for severe depression. Most antidepressants work very well with ADHD medications & the depression improves with the first antidepressant is...
Sleep & mental health are very closely related. Deprivation of sleep will affect your mental health. Also, those with mental health problems are more likely to have insomnia or some type of sleep disorder.
According to the Harvard Medical School, studies show that 65%-90% of adult patients with major depression experience some kind of sleep problem. Most patients with depression have insomnia. Insomnia & other sleep problems affect outcomes for patients with depression. Studies from the Harvard Medical School report that depressed patients who consistently experience insomnia are less likely to respond to treatment than those without sleep problems. Even patients whose mood improves with antidepressant therapy are at more risk for a relapse of depression later on.
With regards to anxiety, sleep problems affect more than 50% of adult patients with a generalized anxiety disorder(GAD). Insomnia may truly also be a risk factor for...
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a form of alternative therapy treatment of physical pain or emotional stress. It can also be referred to as tapping or acupressure.
People who use this believe that tapping the body can create a balance in your energy and treat physical pain. Gary Craig created this technique in which he believed a disruption in energy is the cause of all negative emotions & pain.
EFT is very similar to acupuncture in that it focuses on certain points or hot spots to restore a balance to your body's energy. Stimulating these hot spots through EFT tapping can reduce the stress or negative emotion restoring balance to your disrupted energy.
EFT tapping is done 5 steps:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT) can help you learn to get a handle on difficult emotions.
DBT was created by psychologist Marsha Linehan, who specialized in working with patients with borderline personality disorder(BPD) or continuous thoughts of suicide. Today, it is still used to treat BPD as well as eating disorders, self-harm, depression, and substance abuse.
You will learn 4 core skills with DBT to help cope with your emotions in positive & productive ways. Mindfulness & distress skills help you work toward accepting your thoughts & behavior. Emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness help you to work toward changing your thought & behavior.