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Mental Illness or Below Average Functioning? | From Insults To Respect

Mental Illness or Below Average Functioning? | From Insults To Respect

“Good morning, Barbara,” I say, as my first counseling case walks into my office. I notice she looks a little angry. Upon sitting down, she declares, “I’m terribly frustrated. I’ve been depressed now for over two weeks, and I just can’t shake it!” It’s easy for me to empathize because I regularly have bouts of depression. A deep anguish comes over me, and during this period I often begin to think about how I went through my father’s death when…

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Borderline and Antisocial Personality Scores as Mediators Between Attachment and Intimate Partner Violence

Borderline and Antisocial Personality Scores as Mediators Between Attachment and Intimate Partner Violence

  Anne Marie Mauricio, PhD Jenn-Yun Tein, PhD Arizana Prevention Research Center Arizana  State  University Frederick G. Lopez, PhD University of Houston,  TX   Court-mandated male batterers (n = 192) attending an intervention program completed measures examining adult attachment orientations (anxious and avoidant), personality disorders (borderline and antisocial), type of violence (psychological and physical), and social desirability. Structural equation modeling was used to determine whether there were significant relationships between anxious attachment and physical and psychological violence that are mediated…

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

  Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious and complex mental illness that affects 2 – 3% of the population. Once thought to be on the “border” of schizophrenia, BPD is now believed to be more closely related to mood disorders such as depression, or possibly to impulse control disorders like Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. People with BPD have difficulty regulating their emotions and controlling their impulses. They often act out their emotions or impulses, either through intense inappropriate displays of anger,…

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Borderline personality disorder and violence in the UK population: categorical and dimensional trait assessment | BMC Psychiatry

Borderline personality disorder and violence in the UK population: categorical and dimensional trait assessment | BMC Psychiatry

  Rafael A. González, Artemis Igoumenou, Constantinos Kallis and Jeremy W. Coid BMC PsychiatryBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201616:180 DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-0885-7 ©  The Author(s). 2016 Received: 27 August 2015 Accepted: 24 May 2016 Published: 3 June 2016 Abstract Background Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterised by difficulties with impulse control and affective dysregulation. It is unclear whether BPD contributes to the perpetration of violence or whether this is explained by comorbidity. We explored independent associations between categorical and dimensional representations of BPD and violence in the general population, and differential associations from…

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Bipolar vs. Borderline Personality Disorder: The Differences Between The Two And How To Avoid Misdiagnosis

Bipolar vs. Borderline Personality Disorder: The Differences Between The Two And How To Avoid Misdiagnosis

    While bipolar and borderline personality disorder have similar symptoms — such as extreme mood swings — that can oft confuse the two, they’re completely different conditions that have their own unique treatments. Diagnosing either of the disorders is extremely difficult and requires extensive questioning, medical history, and information about the person’s background and symptoms to get to a proper conclusion. It’s especially tricky, since many of these disorders overlap and seem to play off one another. According to…

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Treating Adult ADHD

Treating Adult ADHD

    From the WebMD Archives Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a childhood condition that can last into adulthood in about one-third of cases.If you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, chances are good that your doctor has prescribed a medication — typically a stimulant — and suggested cognitive behavioral therapy or even a life coach. She might also have suggested a good pocket planner. Treating ADHD in adults requires a multi-pronged approach. Symptoms are generally treated with…

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Borderline Personality Disorder | The Neuropsychotherapist

Borderline Personality Disorder | The Neuropsychotherapist

by Matthew Dahlitz | Nov 1, 2016 | Blog Borderline Personality Disorder Definition According to the DSM-V (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), “the essential feature of borderline personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects” (p.663). To meet the diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD) a person must have at least 5 of the following 9 symptoms: Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterised by alternating between…

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Childhood Roots of Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Psychology Today

Childhood Roots of Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Psychology Today

Brian D. Johnson, Ph.D. and Laurie Berdahl, M.D. Childhood Roots of Narcissistic Personality Disorder Posted Jan 29, 2017 It’s estimated that up to 6% of the US population has narcissistic personality disorder (narcissism for short), which is more common in men and has its roots in childhood. Extremely resistant to treatment, this severe mental illness leads affected individuals to create chaos as they harm other people. Before discussing how demands for support of ego and desires can go off the…

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NIMH » Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

NIMH » Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Definition Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension. Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be…

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The Role of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Antisocial Behavior in Crime – Inquiries Journal

The Role of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Antisocial Behavior in Crime – Inquiries Journal

Abstract Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), also known as dyssocial personality disorder, is a mental illness that is characterized by a reckless disregard for social norms, impulsive behaviour, an inability to experience guilt, and a low tolerance for frustration. Individuals with ASPD exhibit an inflated sense of self-worth and possess a superficial charm, traits that often aid their attempts to exploit and violate the rights of others. Although the causes of ASPD are highly disputed, research has found that antisocial behaviour…

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