Misdiagnosis of Men With Borderline Personality Disorder

Like women with BPD, men may come from troubled pasts and unstable relationships. At age 3, borderline football star Brandon Marshall witnessed his father nearly beat his mother to death—for the first time. He also lived with his father's drug use and vicious assaults toward women.

Treatment for Borderline Disorder May Reduce Distortions

My teenage sister was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. We have a difficult relationship, and sometimes I feel like interacting with her is just not worth the trouble. For example, I have caught her lying on too many occasions to count, and she always makes excuses. Now, she blames it on her psychological problems. Can lying be treated?

The Thin Line Between Love and Hate

It often seems that a thin line exists between love and hate, and now scientists think they know why. Brain scans of people shown images of individuals they hated revealed a pattern of brain activity that partly occurs in areas also activated by romantic love. This linkage may account for why love and hate are so closely linked to each other in life.

Don't Give Your Power to Others

To claim our power means learning to live consciously, taking responsibility for ourselves and choices, building self-esteem, and asking directly for our needs and wants. As we learn to express ourselves honestly and set boundaries and say no, we create safety and mutual respect, allowing our partner to do the same.

Surviving a Marriage to a Narcissist and Sociopath

"My story isn't one where I was thrown into walls, had broken bones, teeth shattered, or clothing torn off of me in fits of rage. My abuse was sinister. I met him at age 16; he was 22. I was enamored by his gregarious personality and his sharp green eyes. The relationship was intense from the beginning and just as possessive."

Resources for People With Borderline Personality Disorder

This is a space for people with borderline personality disorder who have specific suggestions about how they recovered or what specifically helped them, including sites, blogs, books, and more. Please focus on recovery.

Tactics for Facing a Pit Bull Attorney in Divorce Court

Negative-advocate attorneys escalate their cases and take most of their case activity to court. They formally adopt a splitting approach, acting as if their clients do no wrong and you do no right.

Online Seminar for People Living With Narcissists

Whether you are living with, dealing with, in love with, or leaving a narcissist—this workshop will offer the essential tools necessary for understanding and dealing with this complex syndrome, its impact on relationships, family, children, and, most importantly, on your sense of self.

When Divorcing, Don't Hire a Pit Bull Attorney

Many think that when they divorce they need to find a lawyer who is a “fighter,” or “pit bull.” You do want someone who will fight for you, but someone who wields the truth, savvy and true caring, not sharp teeth.

Dietz's DBT Site Has Helped Thousands of Borderline Folks

"Staying active with the site has been a real gift. It has allowed me to remain active in DBT and be reminded of the skills to make my life a life worth living. This has been the most gratifying work I have ever done. It has become more than I could have ever imagined."

The Faces of Male Borderline Personality Disorder

We have so much information about women with borderline personality disorder. But men too can suffer from low self-esteem, insecurity, and enormous self doubt that can compromise the stability of their intimate relationships. Because we've tended to stereotype men as the 'tough ones,' we've missed the boat on understanding the complexity of their inner world.

Healing for Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers

Daughters of narcissistic mothers often fear if they tell their therapist the truth about their moms that they may not be believed. They'll say something like, "She makes Joan Crawford look like a saint."

From a Past Rooted in Pain, "Still You Will Rise"

The late, great Maya Angelou says that everyone in the world on one night or another has gone to bed with fear, with pain, or with loss or disappointment. Yet wherever each of us shows compassion for the other—and ourselves—we have found a way to rise. There is a nobleness of the human spirit in everyone everywhere, especially those who feel stereotyped or bullied.

Test: Are You a Codependent Man?

To a larger degree than women, men are frequently taught as children to “bear troubles, suck it up and move on." Showing much emotion or feeling or asking for help is seen by many as a weakness in a man. Feeling one thing and showing the world something different is a way of life for a codependent. This charade has a tendency to get old.

Helping Caregivers Support Conventional Borderlines

Some people with borderline personality disorder, the "conventional" type found in the mental health setting, need a great deal of support from friends and family. Often that loving, trusting support is critical to their recovery. But in order to keep giving, you need to replenish yourself. And sometimes your family member may object to that. Stay strong!

The Roller Coaster Ride of Loving Someone with BPD

Sometimes among the arguments, the fits of anger and rage, the distrust, the paranoia, the mood swings, it seems like my girlfriend is a completely different person. I find myself asking, "Where has the girl I fell in love with gone? Throughout the bad phases I see a flicker of the old her. The person I remember months ago. The person I fell for.

Gaining Support When You Have a Troubled Adult Child

When a child has cancer or a chronic illness, family and friends typically step in and bring meals and offer support. But if your child struggles with an addiction or mental illness, parents see their phones go silent, and no one brings meals by or offers you any support at all. You’re on your own. But you can speak up and explain what you need to your support community.

Scholarships for Treatment of Borderline Disorder

Any person applying for the scholarship must meet the DSM -V criteria for BPD without psychosis. All candidates must have a willingness to change, make a 90 day commitment to the program, and be willing to see a psychiatrist and follow a treatment plan. Applicants may contact the Meehl Foundation at meehlfou@meehlfoundation.org to request an intake application.

Changing Your Brain Using Compassion-based Mindfulness

A fascinating study by Richard Davidson (2001) clearly demonstrates how a certain kind of mindfulness practice actually increases activity in the left side of the brain, the left prefrontal cortex. This side of the brain is where we generate positive feelings, such as joy and well-being, while the right prefrontal cortex is activated by negative thoughts and emotions.

The Lament of a Lonely Narcissist

"At 59, I am sad how poorly I have run my life. I am also frightened of the future because I cannot get off my behavior train. At best, I can only stop it from going forward and maybe learn to mimic and understand the traits of proper behavior that have long since passed by the wayside."

When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart

Behind nearly every adult who is accused of a crime, becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, or who is severely mentally ill and acting out in public, there is usually at least one extremely stressed-out parent. This parent may initially react with the bad news of their adult child behaving badly with, "Oh no!" followed by, "How can I help to fix this?"

Can Prayer Cure Mental Illness?

The megachurch pastor Rick Warren addressed the issue earlier this week, the first time he has done so since his son Matthew committed suicide in April. Warren, who founded Saddleback Church with his wife in 1980, a group that now boasts 20,000 weekly worshippers, told CNN that he hoped to reduce stigma about mental illness. His son had borderline personality disorder.

Do People with Borderline Disorder Have Empathy?

As someone with BPD says, those with BPD are nearly always in emotional overload, encumbered by negative painful feelings constantly begging for attention. So when there seems to lack empathy, it's not a deficit so much as a complication of trying to pay attention to your feelings and desires when, like a small child, they're so consumed by their own.

The Invisible Power of Childhood Emotional Neglect

A child whose feelings are too often unnoticed, ignored, or misinterpreted by her parents receives a powerful, even if unintended, message from them: “Your feelings don’t matter," or “Your feelings are wrong," When a child goes through enough of these types of messages, she will experience tremendous effects in adulthood.

The Little Kid Inside the Adult Borderline/Narcissist

The aggressive behavior of some people diagnosed with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders makes it difficult for us to understand that they may be profoundly needy, anxious, easily wounded, and chronically fearful of acknowledging weakness. While they masquerade as a giant, they feel like a kid living in a world of Goliaths.

Couples Counseling With High Conflict People

"Be prepared for your partner to try to use the sessions as a forum for blaming you, just as she does at home. A good therapist will stop this behavior, and will instead focus on getting couples out of the blame game and into taking responsibility for their own part of the problems in the relationship."

Validating Children Helps Prevent Personality Disorders

"Validating" means recognizing and accepting another person's internal experiences and feelings, even if you disagree with them. It's the opposite of rejecting, ignoring, or judging someone else's feelings. It shows that you heard them and they are more likely to listen to your experiences and feelings, even if they're different.

Living In the Moment Decreases Suffering

Mindfulness asks family members to observe what is actually going on by simply noticing the events unfolding; to describe these events by putting words to what they notice; and to fully participate in the moment by acting with full awareness in the moment. Our lives are so busy that it is easy to get distracted.

When the Borderline Patient Becomes the Therapist

Gerri Luce knows what it's like from both sides of the couch. Suffering from the borderline personality disorder lead her to want to help others with the condition. But first she had to work on her own recovery.

Magical Thinking is a Refuge for Child of Borderline Mother

As a child, I coped with magical thinking, As an adult today, I can permit myself to do what I need to do for an emotionally healthy life, even if that means becoming the adult to our mom’s "child" and setting boundaries and consequences.