Understanding borderline personality disorder

Understanding borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder that creates mood, behavioral and relationship instability, but is not commonly known about or understood. At present, the causes of BPD are not known, but people showing symptoms of this disorder also show high rate of co-occurring disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders, along with other problems of self-harm and suicidal tendencies. BPD distorts people’s self-perception and interferes with their ability to maintain stable relationships. And then people may make repeated attempts to avoid real or imagined situations of abandonment. Read more

Recent smokers more likely to suffer from mental disorders: Study

Recent smokers more likely to suffer from mental disorders: Study

The ill effects of smoking have been proved by researchers time and again and people are well aware of its dangers. Still, nearly 2,100 youths who were occasional smokers turn into daily cigarette smokers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Now, a recent study at the Columbia University Medical Center has revealed that younger smokers are more vulnerable to psychiatric and substance use disorders. Read more

Seeking solace from mental trauma through chemical dependency

Seeking solace from mental trauma through chemical dependency

Mental disorders can co-exist with the dependence on chemical substances. Chemical dependency is not a weakness, but an addiction that has adverse emotional and physical impact on an already suffering individual’s health. Chemical dependency is usually interchangeably used with substance abuse. The 2011 USA National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 17.5 percent of adults with a mental illness had a co-occurring substance use disorder; this works out to 7.98 million Americans. Read more