Ask the Doctor: Borderline Personality Disorder

Jun. 17, 2014

Dr. John Oldham discusses the latest research and treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BDP). Dr. Oldham begins by identifying the symptoms associated with BPD: emotion dysregulation, loss of impulse control, difficulty with interpersonal relationships, feelings of emptiness, feelings of uncertainty and aggression. Next, factors related to the development of BDP are discussed. These include an individual’s stress-vulnerability factor, or their inherited risk factors when combined with significant life stress, and neurobiological factors, like reduced brain volume in centers that control emotion.

Dr. Oldham then focuses the conversation on various forms of psychotherapy, the preferred primary treatment for BPD, and pharmaceutical treatment options. He ends the session by stressing the importance of establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship (between therapist and client) for effective intervention and treatment.

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Can a BPD person survive without a doctor?
8/5/2018 2:59:22 AM

How can I get help for borderline personality disorder how can I find a therapist I have never had a job or learned to drive or anything I'm 39 and thought I could never be helped then i see this page and seen hope please help me get the help I need so that I can have a new chance
7/31/2018 2:53:53 AM

Kathy Lash
A therapist glossed over the possibility but my symptoms seem correct but I can't seem to get my current therapist to even address the possibility.
6/9/2018 1:09:50 AM

Michael Manley
Dr. How can a person tell if she has Antisocial Personality Disorder. She has not been diagnosed with it, but all the signs are there? Please Help
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