Blog posts with the tag "Personality Disorder"

Staff Perspective: Advances in the Treatment of Combined Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Jeffery Mann, Psy.D.

There is a growing body of evidence that examines and attempts to address the challenges of working with a group of individuals presenting with a combination of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Suicidal/Non-Suicidal Self-directed Injury (NSSDI), and PTSD. These symptoms combine to create a cycle that is difficult to break. At a fundamental level, the individual struggles to manage their emotions effectively and can often be impulsive. Impulsive behavior is a reaction to overwhelming emotional experiences and the overwhelming emotion often elicits suicidal/NSSDI behaviors.

Staff Perspective: Personality Disorders in the Military

 We have had a lot of questions about personality disorders since the new DSM-V was released earlier this year.  The personality disorders (PD) are still included in the revised DSM but are no longer listed on Axis II. I will briefly summarize the PD’s before briefly discussing PD’s in the military. When diagnosing personality disorders it is best to consider a long-term, stable pattern of behavior that meets multiple diagnostic criteria (often five or more). I encourage clinicians to obtain corroborating information from family and long-term friends if possible prior to diagnosis. Please note, that the purpose of this blog is not to diagnose friends, family and co-workers.