TAMI GREEN borderline personality disorder test
"Tami Green…is to be applauded for her banner of hope… that a happy, meaningful life with BPD is possible."
— PERRY HOFFMAN, PHD
PRESIDENT, THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ALLIANCE FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (NEA-BPD)
8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).
(I love you guys—those who love us and us—stay with me. I understand and have dedicated my life, and my practice, to help others. It makes sense to me that there would be so much anger. What’s missing is the way to build a meaningful, internally stable life, and achieve our dreams. You are angry because you are a brilliant star feeling so trapped inside. -Tami)
Inappropriate and intense anger is the next affective symptom of borderline personality disorder and is related to affective instability, as described earlier. The final affective symptom is a chronic feeling of emptiness. This experience is hard to define and lacks specificity for the diagnosis compared with other diagnostic criteria. However, patients with the disorder have described it as feeling as if “something is missing,” and it overlaps with hopelessness, isolation and loneliness, as well as some symptoms of depression. One small study found that symptoms of emptiness, along with self-condemnation, hopelessness and other symptoms of the disorder, including fear of abandonment and self-destructiveness, help distinguish the disorder from major depression* According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition by the American Psychiatric Association, this is one of the nine criteria used to diagnosis BPD.
Conclusion: We can and do learn skills to not act out on our anger. But we will never really feel good inside until we can understand why we are angry, and learn the skills to do something about it.
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— ANTHONY W. BATEMAN, MD
CONSULTANT PSYCHIATRIST IN PSYCHOTHERAPY AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, LONDON
"Tami Green's life story of Borderline Personality Disorder recovery offers hope and inspiration.”
— BLAISE A. AGUIRRE, MD
STAFF PSYCHIATRIST AT MCLEAN HOSPITAL AND AN INSTRUCTOR IN PSYCHIATRY AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL