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My Spouse Has BPD

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, June 1st, 2013
My wife and I have been married for 24 years, she is 51 and has BPD. For the past 4-5 her behavior has consistently gone as follows. In the mornings she love me but by early afternoon she becomes agitated, cries about how ...

Mental Illness vs. Character Flaws

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, May 24th, 2013
How do I determine the difference between the mental illnesses my daughter lives with and character defects? It is difficult for me to know the difference. Can you offer some guidelines that will help discern the differences, to help me in knowing how to respond? My ...

Wife’s Issues Harming Children

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, May 19th, 2013
I am fairly convinced that my wife has some degree of bi-polar disorder. She goes into fits of rage over any question about her, her parents or upbringing. She constantly belittles me and talks bad about my family to the children. It has escalated in recent ...

Am I Cyclothymic?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, May 13th, 2013
So I'm not positive, but I think I may be cyclothymic. I tend to "cycle" through moods as the disease is described, only i don't have long periods of mild mania or depression. It tends to be a short period of calm, good self-esteem, ...

Am I Difficult to Love or Like?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, May 12th, 2013
I was diagnosed Bipolar II in 2007. My family and friends have had a hard time accepting this and most of my friends stopped talking to me and said I was faking it for attention and my mother told a family member that I ...

Am I Borderline?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, May 9th, 2013
I might be suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, but I don't know. It might be Bipolar Disorder as well. I have a lot of mood swings, that can last a week at least, and sometimes a month. My moods varies between depression/anxiety with extreme suicidal ...

Hallucinations, Mania and OCD

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, April 25th, 2013
I see and hears things that none else can see, mainly demonic faces everywhere that looks like a zombie looking alien with huge goat looking horns, the other things i see could be black shadows that fly so quick past me or someone else with ...

Teen Refusing Professional Help

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Monday, April 22nd, 2013
A 19 year old family member who was diagnosed with ADD as a teen and recently diagnosed as bipolar refuses to get professional help. He has had previous drug issues as well as law issues. no violence just dumb but it is straining our family, ...

Am I Normal or Not?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, April 22nd, 2013
I have thought maybe I would classify under ultradian/rapid cycle bipolar because my father, grandmother and great-grandfather suffered from bpd and my moods change over the course of hours to a couple of days at most. However I don't really suffer through "manic" episodes, ...

Bipolar II or Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, April 7th, 2013
I hospitalized three times for attempted suicide. said bipolar 2 disorder, on meds for schizophrenia: I had what i term to be some sort of break down four years ago. I believed that the school system, my friends and family were trying to take my ...

Depression or Bipolar?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
I served in the military for 7 years with two deployments to Afghanistan and two deployments to Egypt. When my first deployment ended 2008 (13 month tour), my best friend committed suicide and it hit me for a few months. After those few months I ...

Teen Mood Swings

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Hi! I get mood swings that can last from an hour to a day where I can be depressed or really angry and I just I cant control myself sometimes but I cant concentrate very well and sometimes I just cant sit still. I ...
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