3. Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder
There is a set of criteria for making a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Why then, is it so difficult for many people to get that diagnosis?
As difficult as it is with adults, why is it even harder to get a diagnosis of BPD for an adolescent even when there is clear evidence that BPD is likely the cause of their problems?
Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder. This program, the third of a five part series on BPD and families presents the diagnostic criteria for making a diagnosis of BPD and how getting a diagnosis can be the first step on the road to recovery.
Run Time: 38 minutes
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Peter Fonagy, PhD"A lot of people with borderline personality disorder have a vulnerability, a mind that can't defend itself from the normal run of the mill challenges that our world presents to a human being."Peter Fonagy, PhDDeveloper of Mentalization Based Therapy
Mary Zanarini, EdD"If youngsters get the BPD diagnosis as they start to display these real symptoms of an illness, things might not solidify to the point that they end up having to be hospitalized."Mary Zanarini, EdDBPD Researcher
Perry Hoffman, PhD"I think if our organization had a logo it would be 'If only we had know and now we understand'. Because I think once the families get the diagnosis it changes how they see things."Perry Hoffman, PhDClinical Psychologist/Family Advocate
Antonia New, MD"Most Borderline patients have co-morbid illnesses including depression and anxiety. So it's often confusing because those disorders come to be viewed as the most important disorder."Antonia New, MDBPD Researcher