Monday, May 10, 2010

BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder)


People who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder have at least five of the following symptoms. They may:1

Make frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
Have a pattern of difficult relationships caused by alternating between extremes of intense admiration and hatred of others.
Have an unstable self-image or be unsure of his or her own identity.
Act impulsively in ways that are self-damaging, (i.e. extravagant spending, frequent and unprotected sex with many partners, substance abuse, binge eating, or reckless driving).
Have recurring suicidal thoughts, make repeated suicide attempts, or cause self-injury through mutilation, such as cutting or burning himself or herself.
Have frequent emotional overreactions or intense mood swings, including feeling depressed, irritable, or anxious. These mood swings usually only last a few hours at a time. In rare cases, they may last a day or two.
Have long-term feelings of emptiness.
Have inappropriate, fierce anger or problems controlling anger. The person may often display temper tantrums or get into physical fights.
Have temporary episodes of feeling suspicious of others without reason (paranoia) or losing a sense of reality.

PTSD (Post Tramautic Stress Disorder)


sleep disturbances
feeling jittery or “on guard”
being easily startled
loss of interest in things they used to enjoy
general lack of responsiveness
feeling numb
trouble feeling affectionate
irritability, more aggressive than before, or even violent
avoiding certain places or situations that bring back memories
flashbacks or intrusive images (flashbacks can come in the form of images, sounds, smells, or feelings; a person usually believes that the traumatic event is happening all over again)
losing touch with reality
reenactment of an event for a period of seconds or hours or, very rarely, days
problems in school
difficulty concentrating
worry about dying at an early age
regressive behaviors
acting younger than their age (i.e., thumb sucking, bedwetting)
physical symptoms (i.e., headaches, stomach aches)

PTSD can occur at any age and be accompanied by:

substance abuse

Research Week!


This week, I've decided, is going to be research week on a few depression-related diagnoses that are possibilities for a friend of mine. They are, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). Through my next two blogs, you will learn a little bit more about these, as well as their symptoms. Here we go!

Monday, May 3, 2010

AP Exam Stress!

Advanced Placement Exams are this week and next week.

AP United States History this Friday, and AP Language and Composition a week from Wednesday. I'm stressing out! More about the AP US than the AP Lang...

The AP US test covers everything from colonial times (when we first set foot in America) until today. That's a lot of history! Ahh!

Due to studying for the AP US Exam, my blogs are a little short. Sorry! But to be honest, blogging isn't as important as doing well on these exams!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sorry, I had to. It cheered me up :D

Radioactive Catz

Remote Guard Cat

Sits-Like-A-Person Cat

Munchies Cat

Monkey Cat

Eye on You Cat


Only a Kitten

Big Mistake

I've made a HUGE mistake... and I can't talk to the people I usually talk to because they will be REALLY REALLY REALLY mad at me. I don't know what I'm going to do... Suffer the consequences, I guess :/