Wednesday, February 16, 2011

About Borderline Personality Disorder: Are There Subtypes of BPD? 2/16/11

From Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault, PhD, your Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder
There is often chatter online and in the popular psychology literature about the subtypes of BPD-- but is there research to back up this claim? Is BPD a unified diagnostic category, or are their different types of BPD?

Subtypes of BPD - What Does the Research Tell Us? 
In order to be diagnosed with BPD, an individual must meet just five out of a total of nine diagnostic criteria, meaning that BPD in one person can look very different from BPD in another. This has led some experts to wonder whether there are actually distinct types of borderline personalities.
Understanding Shame in BPD 
Shame, a self-conscious emotion associated with a sense of worthlessness, self-contempt, or self-loathing, may in part explain the high rates of self-harm and suicidal behavior in people with BPD.
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Self-Embedding - Is Self-Harm Taking a New Form? 
Although I have worked with clients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) for many years, I have never had a patient that (to my knowledge) engaged in self-embedding. In fact, I... Read more
Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder 
Understand the various treatment options for borderline personality disorder. Treatments for BPD include medication, hospitalization, self-help strategies, and many forms of psychotherapy. Learn more about the treatments that are available and the effectiveness of these treatments here.


  1. I never could understand what this was, but after researching and talking to people. Along with many tears and too many arguments, I am living w/ some type of borderline. He hasn't been treated, and I don't dare say it to him. But knowledge/understanding has given me back some of my own power.

  2. Life for them can be crazy. Living normal then crazy and then unknown. I wouldn't like that. I hope you can find peace and help. I'm here if you want to cyber chat. :)