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Borderline Personality Disorder Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

People struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD) seem to forever pull the petals from flowers. Their black-and-white thinking can take them from “he loves me” to “he loves me not” almost as quickly as adolescent girls playing can pluck the blossoms clean. But this is no game for people struggling with BPD. Their feelings run …

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Integrated Treatment for Complex PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder

Researchers from the University of Connecticut Health Center and Elements Behavioral Health find that complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is not simply a subtype of borderline personality disorder (BPD). According to their recent findings, people affected by BPD often have diagnosable symptoms of complex PTSD. The latter is an unofficial but scientifically verified form of …

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What Is Histrionic Personality Disorder?

Histrionic personality disorder (HPD), also called dramatic personality disorder, affects 2 to 3% of the U.S. population. It’s characterized by a distorted self-image, unstable emotions, and an insatiable craving to be the center of attention. The disorder can make it difficult for an individual to form and maintain meaningful relationships. However, a histrionic personality disorder …

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Avoidant Personality Disorder vs. Social Anxiety

Avoidant personality disorder treatment and antisocial personality disorder treatment are different. The two disorders are often confused with social anxiety, but they are not the same.  There are certain features of these conditions that overlap, but there are also distinct and unique features that characterize each one. If you think you need help with social …

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What’s the Difference Between Bipolar 1 and Bipolar 2?

What’s the difference between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2? These two conditions are closely related but have crucial differences between them. About 3.9% of the population has bipolar disorder over the course of their life. If you’re concerned about a loved one with bipolar disorder or want to learn more about treatment options, finding out …

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What’s the Difference Between a Personality Disorder and a Mood Disorder?

It’s often hard to tell the difference between mental health conditions—particularly for those untrained in psychology. Talking to your doctor or another treatment specialist is the best way to get insight into what you’re facing. However, breaking down the difference between mood disorders and personality disorders can also help. Key Characteristics of Mood Disorders Mood …

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Types of Mental Illness

With so many possible types of mental illness, knowing when you or someone you love suffer one of these conditions is difficult. You need a doctor’s help in determining your mental health status, particularly if you also suffer a dual diagnosis of addiction. Whether you suffer one of the many types of mental illness or …

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Parents who Accommodate OCD Behaviors May Worsen the Condition

As parents, we want to do what is best for our children. However, when mental health conditions come into play, the “best thing” may not always be clear. For instance, for parents whose children struggle with OCD, working with them, and accommodating their needs may seem ideal. After all, it’s all about making sure that …

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Scrupulosity: OCD Misunderstood

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is nothing new, but a misunderstood form of OCD may very well be. For example, some of the millions of people suffering from OCD actually have scrupulosity, a form of OCD that exhibits an excessive concern with sin that goes well beyond the norm for the average individual’s religious beliefs. What …

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Early Signs of Hoarding in Children

Is your child “messy” or is he/she exhibiting early signs of hoarding? It’s not unusual for a parent to walk into their child’s room and find it looks like a bomb went off inside.  The floor is littered with clothing, food wrappers, last night’s homework or permission slips, and the bed seems unable to accommodate …

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