Group Talk 004: Borderline Personality Disorder and Coping

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Living with borderline personality disorder can be tough. There are certain feelings that are difficult to process and as a result, navigating the world as a borderline can be painful. Here is this week's group talk, devoted all to borderline personality disorder.

Borderline personality disorder symptoms from the DSM:

A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

(1) frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.

(2) a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation

(3) identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self image or sense of self

(4) impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.

(5) recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

(6) affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)

(7) chronic feelings of emptiness

(8) inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)

(9) transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

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Group Talk 003: Bullying

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We've all been there- there's a kid in school that is picking on you. There's a group of people ganging up on you. Maybe it's your own family that's the source of bullying. This week's topic is about how to handle bullying and dealing with the aftermath.

Listen to it here:

Notes from the talk:

  • Document everything (photos of bruises, times and dates, what teachers do, what people say), and be physically ready for a fight or to run or to de-escalate.
     
  • Don’t insult them, get in their space, threaten them unless you can back it up. Walk away, ideally.
     
  • Have friends, and stay with them.
     
  • Get therapy, talk it out with friends, get medication if you need them from the doctor, beat out your anger in sports.

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