Borderline Articles

My Wife Has BPD

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, April 25th, 2014
From the U.S.: my wife had border line personality disorder and will not take her meds. her symptoms are getting bad. she had expressed thoughts of hurting herself and has been doing self destructive things, including cheating, cutting and obsession with white power groups. btw ...

Psychotic Episodes 2-3 Times A Year

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, April 6th, 2014
I have borderline personality disorder and have been receiving treatment for 8 yrs. Many things have improved. I have episodes 2-3 times a year that I have thoughts in my head that beat me down with criticisms, insults. Very harsh things. I fight them with ...

Stopped Meds a Year Ago and Struggling to Work

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Several years ago I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and after several hospital admissions this was changed to Type 2 Bipolar. About a year ago I gave birth to a son and I managed with mild depression to manage but due to interference of ...

My Daughter Needs Inpatient DBT

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
From the U.S.: I Have a 21 yr old daughter needing treatment for severe BPD. Need in house treatment with step down options. Prefer facility with tranquil outdoor settings. Thanks, A: I'm sorry. We can't endorse a particular program - mainly because we aren't familiar with every ...

How Do I Change My Attachment Style?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
From S. Africa: I am a 20-year-old female that has had attachment issues since early childhood. As a child I was also selectively mute. I started going for therapy when I was about 5. While I am very confident when speaking now, my attachment issues ...

I’m Concerned About a Student

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
From England: For the last 3 months I have covered a class as the teacher is on maternity leave. Obviously as a teacher you notice certain things about your students. There is a girl in my class and it's fair to say she isn't happy. ...

Where To Go From Here

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Sorry, this is going to be a long winded one. Last February I approached my GP to ask for a referral to a Psychiatrist as I thought I was suffering from Bipolar disorder. After an evaluation, he'd given a diagnosis of Cyclothymia. I got referred to ...

Girlfriend Throws Tantrums

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, March 7th, 2014
Met a girl in church, about 1.5 years ago. Relationship mostly good, but - 4 times now - when she doesn't have her kids for the weekend, and I want to have an alone night, she gets really angry and demanding. She takes her house ...

Should I Come Off of Quetiapine?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, February 27th, 2014
I've been on Quetiapine for about a year now. I started them because I was having issues at home with my (then) partner and university, which lead me to having a complete mental breakdown. I've since dropped out of university and broken up with my ...

Sisters Hate Me Because of My Illness

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
I am 26 and have Borderline Personality Disorder. I have three sisters, one is 37, the other 35, and the other 23. All three of them constantly exclude me, and the younger two of the three refuse to speak to me, due to my impulsive ...

Mother May Have Emotional Illness

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Hello, I have been dealing, as an only child, with a mother who has never known quite how to bond with me, even as a small child, sending me to live with relatives when she was divorced. As a pre-teen and young teen, when I was ...

Why Am I So Uncompassionate?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Increasingly my non-compassion for others has really started to alarm and confuse me. I've been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, and general anxiety, and all my life I've been somewhat apathetic. But others have started pointing out to me that I don't really react ...