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Borderline Personaity Disorder

Visit the site, "Lost Among Us" at
and get to know the sad case of Saida Dugally, a real-life woman who suffered from bipolar disorder until her tragic death in 2003. On this web resource you will find videos of her story and the timeline of her decline into mental illness, as well as journal excerpts and photos from her life.

Saida's story is but one among many. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Respond to the following questions:

What do you think would be a most difficult psychological disorder with which to cope?

What would be effective treatment for this condition? Try to choose a disorder that no one else has chosen (incentive to post early!).

If you were dealing with this life problem, what would you need from society?

What would you need from those close to you?

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Borderline Personality Disorder is a very difficult disorder to cope with. Most people who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder have difficulty regulating their emotions and thoughts. They often exhibit reckless and impulsive behavior which can be a struggle most of the time. Because of these symptoms, they often have unstable relationships with others. Individuals that are diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder usually also have a high rate of other types of disorders such as depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and self-harm (1).

There are a number of things that can help a person suffering from ...

Solution Summary

Discusses Borderline Personality Disorder and how a person can cope with this disorder, treatment for the disorder, and what society can do to be supportive.