Borderline Articles

Relationships with Borderline Personality Disorder

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Yesterday, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. My partner is uncertain if he wishes to remain in our relationship. We live together, and I'm uncertain how to interact with him through this. Our pattern has been for me to bargain with my behavior through ...

Difficulty Finding the Right Treatment for Suicidal Thoughts

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, December 12th, 2014
In April I was hospitalized for suicidal ideation, it was a very stressful time, and I found the experience more stigmatizing than helpful. I still have nightmares where I wake up sweating thinking I am back in the locked ward. I was not a good ...

Mother–In-Law has Possible Personality Disorder

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, December 6th, 2014
My husband and I got married. Her behavior and the way she is forced me to stay in my closet sized room while I was living there and it triggered my first experience with depression. Her behavior and the fact that she caused me to ...

Dual Relationship with Therapist Is a Mess

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, December 1st, 2014
From the U.S.: I have been in a dual relationship with my therapist for about 4.5 years, and things are falling apart and I don't trust her and I am becoming more afraid of confronting her. She has also befriended my boyfriend and is going ...

Do I Really Need Psychotherapy?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, November 14th, 2014
Dear therapist, I went through bad break up, after that I talked with my friends only about it and did not give them any space. So now they stopped really talking with me or even wanting to talk. They told me that I ...

Pathological Envy of Power

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Ok so this is probably a weird problem I have but please just hear me out. I really need to talk to someone to help understand what's wrong with me because there is no listed disorder that accurately matches what I feel like and nobody ...

Emotional Intensity Disorder

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
My wife and I have been together for about 14yrs. I am deeply in love with her. Lately however; we have been fighting hard. It is taking a toll on me. I have in the past talked ...

Self-Harming

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
From Terhan: Hi, First i have to say that I cannot speak English well so excuse me for my writing faults. I am 24-year-old girl, I have a problem that I think is growing every day! I am so hateful. I hate myself and some people in ...

I’m Suffering from Aversions

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, September 19th, 2014
From the U.S.: I've been squeamish about body fluids since I was a kid but every year it gets worse. It's to the point now where it's taken over my life. I can't eat around people, have sex, or any other normal activity. I'm having ...

Bipolar or Some Other Mood Disorder?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
I've been experiencing symptoms that align with bipolar but could also align with a number of other mood disorders. I'm not looking for a conclusive diagnosis, more a probability of a diagnosis. Here's a list of symptoms to help you answer this question. Periods of high ...

Traits or a Personality Disorder?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, August 18th, 2014
How can you know if you have a particular disorder, say Narcissistic Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder, or if you only display some of those personality traits? Is it common for most people to display behavioral traits of several personality disorders?...

Am I Meant to Be with This Guy?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 27th, 2014
From the U.S.: A possible symptom of BPD is expecting your SOs to just know what you want, like mind reading. Mine is really good at that. Having BPD, I don't know where I should draw the line in my mind, should I be accepting ...