5 Symptoms That Are Often Confused With Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) | Guest Post by Marcela De Vivo

Mental illness can be difficult enough for friends and loved ones to detect at all, but distinguishing among similar conditions is even more of a challenge. In particular, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can be easily mistaken for other conditions, most often Bipolar Disorder.

It goes without saying that an accurate diagnosis is crucial: not only will the wrong treatments and medications fail to relieve suffering, they threaten to make things worse (and in some cases can induce bouts of psychosis).

Unlike fully somatic diseases— such as cancer or lupus, for example—BPD and other mental illnesses can’t be diagnosed through a blood test or MRI, therefore, accurate analysis depends on the observation of behavior over time. Due to the fact that BPD tends to distort its victims’ self-image, the insights of friends and family can be essential in accurately assessing BPD and detecting it in its early stages. So, let’s take a look at what BPD is—and what it is not.

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5 Ways Narcissists Prevent Their Victims From Leaving

If you’ve ever dated a narcissist, you’re fully aware of how difficult it is to break off your relationship with them. Those charming, manipulative jerks seem to know just which buttons to press in order to make you feel like you’re the villain for giving up on your union, even after they’ve put you through more levels of emotional hell than you could ever describe.

Breaking free is possible, however, especially if you’re aware of the key tactics narcissists will use to try to keep you in their lives. Knowledge is power, and if you spot this behavior, you can disarm it, evade it, and remove these persons from your life for good.

Here are 5 common hooks that narcissists employ to lure you back into their clutches:

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7 Things That Can Trigger a Fibromyalgia Flare

We all know that fibromyalgia flares are rough. Heck, I wrote a whole post last week about How to Deal with a Fibromyalgia flare. Because let’s face it, they’re basically the worst.

So this week’s post isn’t going to be how to make flares shorter or easier. Instead, I want to talk about things that actually cause fibro flares. Because if we know what causes them, we can be better equipped to avoid them. There is a bit of a caveat with this post, as there have been with my last few.

I want to make sure we’re all on the same page before I dive into the bulk of this post. This is by no means an exhaustive list of things that trigger fibromyalgia flares. We are all bioindividuals. While some people with fibro have similar triggers, everyone has their unique triggers. If you feel so inclined, I would love if you share what triggers your fibro flares by commenting below. If something in particular on this list is a major trigger for you, or if you just want to share your experiences, please leave a comment! Let’s have a conversation and help each other!

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Alopecia: Hair growth restored with new drug

Alopecia areata – an autoimmune skin disease that causes patchy hair loss on the scalp, face, and body – affects as many as 6.8 million people in the United States. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have identified a promising therapy for the disease that stimulated hair regrowth by 92 percent.

Alopecia areata – an autoimmune skin disease that causes patchy hair loss on the scalp, face, and body – affects as many as 6.8 million people in the United States. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center have identified a promising therapy for the disease that stimulated hair regrowth by 92 percent.

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers conducted an open-label clinical trial – whereby both researchers and participants knew what treatment was administered – of 12 people with alopecia areata.

The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation/Insight, were released alongside a separate study from Stanford University and Yale University that tested a similar drug.

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7 Things People With Borderline Personality Disorder Experience

What is BPD?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterized as a mental illness in which a person experiences a series of unstable moods, impulsive behaviors, and distorted self-image. Over 4 million Americans live with the illness, making up about 1% of the population. Those that live with the disorder often have a difficult time living a consistent life and are often faced with stigma and misunderstanding.

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7 Things I Can’t Do With Trigeminal Neuralgia

I often talk about how much I can do, living with Trigeminal Neuralgia, but I don’t often blog about the things I can’t do. I realised that I probably should, because this is the kind of post I’d like to read myself – to know it’s not only me and to know I’m not alone. I also wish I’d have known some of these things when I first got diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, to know what was ‘normal’ for other people and to know what was special just for me. Here are just seven of the things I can’t do, with my TN!

I can’t eat icecream, but I can manage ice in a cocktail, if I really try! If I take a painkiller before I have a cocktail, I can manage having the very cold drink (just!), but there is absolutely no way I can manage ice directly in my mouth and I definitely can’t eat icecream. Having something cold in my mouth is a complete no!

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What Causes Weight Loss in Parkinson’s Disease

If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), you may feel that one of the few benefits of PD is weight loss, but that’s not necessarily true. Weight loss in people with Parkinson’s disease isn’t universal, but approximately four times as many people with Parkinson’s disease lose weight when compared to people of a similar age and background who do not have the disease. Most of the time, the weight loss is only mild to moderate, but some people have lost upwards of 40 or 50 pounds after their diagnosis.

Weight loss may be a “red flag” indicating more severe disease since those who experience weight loss have been found to have a faster worsening of their disease statistically. Weight loss appears to be more common in women with Parkinson’s disease than with men and increases with age as well as higher doses of levodopa.

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What It’s Like To Be Young, Female, And Living With Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is often thought of as an “old man’s illness,” but it affects young women, too. Here, two women share what’s it’s like to live with Parkinson’s, and why it won’t get the best of them.

Rebecca Miller knew something was wrong when she went to reach for her baby daughter and her hand wouldn’t move unless she actually told it to. “I immediately thought, ‘Is this psychological? Am I having conflicts about caring for my daughter?’” the clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine, department of psychiatry, tells SELF.

Miller, then 39, eventually went to her primary care physician, who sent her to a variety of specialists for testing. During the process, it came out that she had been dragging one of her feet for 10 years and had started texting with her left hand, even though she was right-handed—symptoms she didn’t think were a big deal. “I was very blasé about the whole thing,” she says. “I didn’t think much about it and wasn’t concerned.”

It wasn’t until just before Miller met with a movement disorder specialist that things changed. “I Googled my symptoms and all it came up with was Parkinson’s disease,” she says. “Then I got upset and was really nervous.” The specialist reached the same conclusion—it was likely Parkinson’s, a chronic and progressive movement disorder. The symptoms vary from person to person but often include tremors in the hands, arms, legs, and face, stiffness in a person’s arms and trunk, and impaired balance and coordination—and they become worse with time.

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It’s OK to Grieve What Myasthenia Gravis Has Stolen

Once upon a time, I was healthy and vibrant, reveling in the promises of the future. There is something so delightful about the naivety of youth. It is unspoiled and untainted by the stains of this world. It thrives in the dreams of tomorrow and the wondrous audacity that nothing will stop you as you reach for your dreams — the bigger, the better.

The period I last felt carefree and enjoyed being young and silly feels like a different lifetime.

The memories call to me and lap at my consciousness, but I rarely acknowledge their presence anymore. Sometimes, they bring a big smile, but they also conjure up the ghosts of another time; they usher in that inevitable longing for a life that is no longer my own.

Life is full of changes and unexpected detours, but precious few are quite so devastating as the loss of your health and identity. No one really talks about that when you get diagnosed with a rare disease.

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Treatment for LEMS Can Benefit Myasthenia Gravis Patients, Study Reports

A therapy that European regulators approved for treating Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) can help manage myasthenia gravis symptoms, a study reports.

The findings on Firdapse appeared in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. The title of the article is “3,4-Diaminopyridine for the treatment of myasthenia gravis with electrophysiological patterns of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.”

Myasthenia gravis and LEMS are autoimmune disorders that share a common cause —  abnormal interaction between nerve cells and muscles. This is due to overproduction and accumulation of antibodies that block communication signals.

Doctors can often distinguish between the two disorders. One reason is that in many cases, they have different manifestations. They also respond differently to stimulation and to cholinesterase inhibitors — a standard treatment for muscle disorders.

But some patients have characteristics of both diseases, posing a diagnostic and treatment challenge.

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