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My Girlfriend Was Involuntarily Committed

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My girlfriend recently got baker acted. She had an episode with her mom and it got to the point where she threatened herself and her mom with a knife because she was told she couldn’t leave the house. She’s been diagnosed with bpd, however she only has these episodes with her mom/family, I really never seen her do anything that bad. I’m wondering if she actually has bpd or what, I don’t know what or who to believe, also, her episodes have been going on for quite some time, I just need advice. I really love this girl and I know she loves me, and never did she get that angry with me or pushed me away. Please Help

My Girlfriend Was Involuntarily Committed

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Thank you for sending in this question. These do seem to be important issues and I wouldn’t treat them lightly. The fact that she had violent episodes and that she needed to be involuntarily committed for evaluation is a serious thing. The way I would approach this is to start reading more about BPD. In particular I would look at the book Stop Walking On Eggshells. This will give you some idea of how to be a support in a person’s life with this diagnosis.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

My Girlfriend Was Involuntarily Committed

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). My Girlfriend Was Involuntarily Committed. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2019, from
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