Borderline Articles

Depression and Self-harm

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 5th, 2013
I've been cutting myself for a while now. Usually the cuts are small and the bleeding stops after 2 minutes. But today I cut until I saw white flesh. The bleeding was more severe, and lasted 4-5 minutes. My problem is that I don't know ...

Can’t Explain Problems

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, August 1st, 2013
I am starting to have some grave concerns that there is something fundamentally wrong with me. I have a long history of an eating disorder (30 years), a little bit of mild self harm, depression and dissociation issues. More recently I have started acknowledging ...

Jealous or Insecure?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Saturday, June 15th, 2013
I have been married to my husband for 12 yrs we have 4 children the oldest is 9 and the youngest is 9 months old. My husband and I have been having problems for a long time. Our problem is me I guess to ...

Mother Needs Help

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
I want to help my mom, but she refuses to believe there's anything wrong with her, and i have no idea what to do. Growing up, she was very overprotective, to the point of it being ridiculous (ie - asking what Santa claus got ...

Trouble with a Bunch of Things

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
I wanted to say thank you for reading this first of all. Here's the thing: When it comes to school there is one thing that always worries me when I leave the house which would be my classmates. In certain classes there can be huge ...

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 ...

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 ...

Borderline? Sociopathic?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, March 10th, 2013
Ever since I was little (5-6) I've been stealing (little things, not expensive or important), lying, and acting impulsively. I've gotten into trouble at home, at work, at school, and even with the law for different things. But somehow, I'm never remorseful or feel guilty ...

Are All My Problems in My Head?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
So I really just want answers and I don't know where to go; I'm 17 and self-harm. This entire summer I was pretty much depressed because of a breakup that happened in January; it was sometime in June I started. I don't cut deep and ...

Confusing Feelings

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
I don't know how I feel; my feelings and actions are confusing to me. Okay. So this is probably going to be long and confusing for everyone reading this. I have a hard time expressing my feelings, and maybe it's genetic because apparently my mother ...

Does My Friend Have Borderline Personality Disorder?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
First, I would like to explain that I am a Psych major and have been in counseling for years for PTSD and now ADD, among other issues. I believe this person I will describe does have BPD, but I'm not a professional and can't ...