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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…

DSM-5 Bipolar 2: Criteria, symptoms, and treatments

Bipolar 2 disorder is a class of mood disorder characterized by at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode. Bipolar 2 is distinguished from the other mood disorders bipolar 1 (manic depression) and cyclothymic disorder by hypomania, which is a period of elevated mood that doesn’t…

Understanding intermittent explosive disorder (IED) and how to defuse angry outbursts

Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is characterized by short, intense outbursts of anger that can leave destruction in their wake.  People with IED may have brain abnormalities that foster impulsivity.  IED can be misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder (BPD), or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To calm someone during an…

Observe World Mental Health Day on October 10: Understand, prioritize, and raise awareness for mental health

World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10th in over 100 countries to promote mental health awareness and advocate for individuals with mental health issues. Since its inception in 1992, World Mental Health Day has helped to expand knowledge, advocate against social stigmas, and support people suffering from…

Talking to your child about mental health and mental illness: Consider their age group, talk openly, and additional tips

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in every 5 adults in the US suffers from mental illness. And those who don’t suffer personally, likely know someone who does. This means that, inevitably, your kids will at some point encounter a mental illness, be it a personal…

Depression and anxiety are common among the elderly: help them fight off these illnesses by encouraging their involvement in fun hobbies and social activities

As our loved ones grow older, we tend to worry about physical ailments, such as an increased risk for heart attacks and memory problems like dementia. However, we often fail to recognize threats to their mental health—for example, the elderly often suffers from depression and anxiety. These are common illnesses…

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