Finding Help

Finding Help

Since the 1980’s a number of treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder have been developed, tested and shown to be effective in reducing many of the symptoms and behaviors associated with BPD. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy, Transference Focused Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy and STEPPES. Each requires specialized training by mental health providers to ensure they adhere to the highly structured treatment strategies involved. There are other widely available approaches such as Psychoanalytic Psychiatry, typically practiced by psychiatrists and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a psychological approach. Medications are usually prescribed by a psychiatrist. The wide array of treatments are practiced by a range of professionals that have different educational backgrounds, licensure, and areas of interests. And, oh yes, very different fee structures. For people seeking professional help for BPD, this can be bewildering. But services can be found, especially if you have an idea where to look. Doctor Mary Zanarini is a noted BPD researcher associated with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts. If you are having trouble finding what you need, she recommends considering a resource near where you live. Finding the right mental health provider is not a simple task, one that should be undertaken with care. One resource that can help you get started is the searchable online database of providers in the U.S. maintained by the online mental health publication Psychology Today. You can also search for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) providers trained by Marsha Linehan’s organization, Behavioral Technology. There is additional information about finding the right therapist on...
How Many People With BPD Recover?

How Many People With BPD Recover?

For many years after borderline personality disorder was first defined in 1938, the conventional wisdom among mental health providers was that BPD was a permanent condition. The poor response by patients to existing psychotherapies and medications created a belief that the disorder was incurable. Then, in 1975, psychiatrist John Gunderson of McLean Hospital in Massachusetts published a research paper on BPD that explained the disorder more precisely and how it might be treated more effectively . That work helped convince the American Psychiatric Association to include Borderline Personality Disorder in the 1980 edition of the APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the information ‘bible’ for professionals treating people with mental health problems. Over the next three decades, advances in research and clinical practices, including new psychotherapies and medications, have dispelled the notion that BPD is untreatable. One of the more notable studies, conducted by Dr. Mary Zanarini and colleagues at McLean, followed 290 women for 10 years after their hospitalization and treatment for BPD and found that: • 86% of the women had stopped meeting criteria for BPD for at least four years • 50% recovered completely – no longer meeting BPD criteria and having good social and work functioning The point is that although many people with BPD struggle for a long time, BPD is not a hopeless condition and many people can and do recover. Perry Hoffman, PhD, Director of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, and Krissy, a young woman who is in recovery from BPD, relate their professional and personal...
Digital Help for People in Distress

Digital Help for People in Distress

How do you react when you read posts online from a person expressing thoughts of despair, self-harm and/or suicide? Not sure how you could or should respond in a helpful way? Did you know that the major social media platforms including FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Periscope, each offer help and support to users in distress? You can learn more about these services and how they offer help to people in serious emotional trouble. Remember, No one is alone. Help Someone...
Borderline Personality Disorder: What’s in a Name?

Borderline Personality Disorder: What’s in a Name?

There has long been a ground swell of support to change the name Borderline Personality Disorder. People with the disorder as well as many who treat it have noted that the name is misleading, stigmatizing, and no longer accurately portrays the condition first described in the official psychiatric literature 80 years ago. Now there are people clamoring not for a change in the name, but getting rid of the name altogether. Read all about this radical idea...
US Congressional Hearing on Suicide Prevention: What’s the Role of the Family?

US Congressional Hearing on Suicide Prevention: What’s the Role of the Family?

Suicidal thoughts and attempts as well as other self-harming behaviors are symptomatic of a number of mental health conditions, including borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and anorexia, among others. There is one factor that is critical to the prevention of suicide and that is the topic of an upcoming event in the US House of Representatives: the crucial role of families in the effort to prevent suicide by a loved one. On Tuesday, May 22, from 12 Noon to 1 PM, several members of congress and experts in suicide prevention will participate in a panel discussion organized by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD). And you are invited to hear and to be heard. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be served. If you live in the Washington DC area or are able to travel there here is more information about the...
May is Borderline Personality Disorder  Awareness Month- 10: Botox for BPD?

May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month- 10: Botox for BPD?

A poster presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association suggested that botulinum toxin injected in the face – specifically the area between the eyebrows – improved several symptoms of borderline personality disorder in a group of 6 female patients who did not respond well to psychotherapy and/or medications were recruited from the Hannover Medical School and Asklepios Clinic North-Ochsenzoll in Germany to participate in a pilot trial of the muscle paralyzing neurotoxin. Botox had previously been shown to alleviate migranie headaches and certain neuro- muscular disorders After 2-6 weeks, participant scores on the Zanarini Rating Scale for Borderline Personality Disorder and the Borderline Symptom List improved between 50% and 90% from baseline. Patients also showed improvement in impulsivity, self-harming behavior, agitation, depressive symptoms, and social functioning. You can read more about how and why botox might be effective in the treatment of BPD here...
May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month – 8: What You Can Do.

May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month – 8: What You Can Do.

Well, the first week of BPD Awareness Month in the US is complete. That means there is lots of time and opportunities for all of us to improve understanding of BPD and reduce the untrue and misguided stigma many people associate with the disorder. If you haven’t made your contribution yet, think about how your words and your actions – minimal as they might seem- might change one persons’ inaccurate attitudes about BPD. Think about what you might say or what you might do that would be constructive, instructive and honest. Whatever you come with, please make a commitment to put into action. You’ve still got 3 weeks to do so. Thank you in...
May is BPD Awareness Month-7: Free Educational Video

May is BPD Awareness Month-7: Free Educational Video

Throughout the month you can watch the first 30 minute program in the series “If Only We Had Known: A Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder” online at no cost. All you need to do is go to the “Understanding BPD” rental page, on the BPVideo.com website. Click on the “Add to Cart” button and enter the Coupon Code    FREE   next to the “Apply Coupon” button. Continue with check out and you will receive an email confirming your free rental. You will have unlimited access to the 30 minute video for 10 days. Please help spread information about this opportunity by sharing it with you family, friends or followers who may be contending with...
May is BPD Awareness Month – Day 6

May is BPD Awareness Month – Day 6

This is fifth day of Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month. On Day 4 we wrote about the five-part video series we produced: “If Only We Had Known: A Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder”. Today we are pleased to tell you that you can stream the first program in the series, “Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder” online for free.