TAMI GREEN borderline personality disorder test
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"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)
7. Chronic feelings of emptiness.
(Not feeling internally stabilized is THE key component to BPD and I honestly don’t think most therapists get it. We are disconnected from our true selves, and this feels like internal quicksand, like hell. We seek validation and connection to anything to make us feel stable. This is the chief symptom I understand and help others to really get. -Tami)
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: BPD is formed in children when they begin to feel disconnected from their own internal guidance system. Dr. Marsha Linehan, creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has a “bio-social theory” that says that BPD is formed from the intersection of a genetic predisposition and an invalidating environment. I’ve worked with many, many great parents whose children get Borderline. If you have an extremely sensitive child, you will need to learn extra special skills to help them.
"Tami is supportive of others, listens carefully, and provides excellent information”
— 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