CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.

We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.

Borderline Personality

Individuals with borderline personality disorder are associated with the “I hate you, don’t leave me” phenomenon of behavior. Those with borderline personality disorder are marked by a consistent pattern of instable social relationships, self-image, emotions, and impulsive behavior beginning in early adulthood. They often have a large fear of being abandoned by others and exhibit frantic efforts to avoid either real or imagined abandonment. This population often alternates between extreme idealization of relationships or devaluation of them. The may be impulsive in more than one harmful area such as money spending, reckless driving, binge eating, or substance use and display reoccurring suicidal behavior such as gestures, threats, or self-mutilation. It is not uncommon for those with this disorder to threaten to hurt or end their life if they perceive someone is trying to abandon or leave them. They often have intense emotional episodes of dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety; which are short in duration from a few hours to a rarely more than a few days. They often exhibit inappropriate intense episodes of anger and have difficulty controlling their anger. Individuals with this disorder experience chronic feelings of emptiness and may have stress-related paranoid ideation or dissociative symptoms, a sense of being detached from yourself or environment or feelings that things around are unreal. This disorder is thought to develop from insecure attachments in childhood that may stem from childhood trauma, emotional neglect, or physical/sexual abuse where the child learns to perceive other people as untrustworthy or rejecting.

Borderline personality disorder is often diagnosed also with bipolar disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Individuals with this disorder tend to have abnormal fronto-limbic connections, which are involved with emotional dysregulation, difficulty with coping with interpersonal distress, and impulsivity (Brune, 2016). Individuals with this disorder may benefit from treatment to address the childhood trauma and interpersonal therapy to help improve their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships.

Brune, M. (2016). Borderline personality disorder: Why ‘fast and furious’? Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, 2016(1), 52-66. https://doi.org/10.1093/emph/eow002

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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