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Borderline personality disorder symptoms and perspectives (Updated)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder characterized by impaired functioning, serious personality changes, and emotional lability People with this condition typically struggle to maintain stable  relationships and self-image. BPD is associated with numerous other psychiatric conditions, including depression, substance use disorder, and anxiety disorders.  Environmental and social factors…

Definitive DSM-5 diagnosis list

Mental disorders (aka mental illnesses) are health conditions that involve changes in thinking, emotion, or behavior—or some combination of the three. Mental disorders are connected with distress and/or impairment in functioning, whether that be socially, occupationally, or in some other dimension of life.  According to the National Institute of Mental…

Relationship PTSD: The effects of an emotionally abusive relationship

Any kind of abuse—whether it be physical, emotional, mental, sexual, etc.—can lead to PTSD, as abuse is a highly emotionally distressing experience. The overactivation of stress hormones causes the victim of abuse to experience a fight, flight or freeze response, which makes it near impossible for the individual to focus…

Uncomplicated bereavement DSM-5: Causes, symptoms, treatment

When the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released, it no longer included a “bereavement exclusion” for the diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD). Clinicians acknowledged that though there is such a thing as “normal grief”, or “uncomplicated bereavement”, that doesn’t mean grief…

If you struggle with feeling lonely when you’re single, take a deep look within and find fulfillment in yourself

Many people begin feeling lonely with they don’t have a significant other to spend time and share in life with. That being said, you don’t need another to fulfill you: you can enjoy the single life and find fulfillment without a romantic partner. If you’re feeling lonely while single, think…

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