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Rachel Beth Abramson, MD
1730 Minor Ave
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1995

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Philip Gaylord Lindsay, MD
(206) 622-5454
1101 Madison St Ste 1260
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry, Internal Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1963
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Hospital: Providence Med Ctr, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Philip G Lindsay Inc

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Deborah Lorene Thurber, MD
(425) 602-4400
1942 Westlake Ave Apt 903
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Female
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1985

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Mark Brian Snowden, MD
(206) 731-2503
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1990

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Kennedy Michael Cosgrove, MD
(206) 250-5548
1222 Summit Ave Apt 402
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 2000

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Barnett Morris Kaplan, MD
(206) 264-9499
1425 Western Ave Apt 302
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.BRIAN MACLURG
(206) 624-0296
Ste 240, 1120 Cherry Street
Seattle, WA
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M
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Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Brian Jason Mac Lurg, MD
(206) 624-0296
1120 Cherry St Ste 240
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1983

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David Hartford Avery, MD
(206) 223-3425
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1972

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Dr.Richard Adler
(425) 454-4644
1700 7th Avenue #210
Seattle, WA
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M
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Medical School: Albany Med Coll
Year of Graduation: 1983
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Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Borderline Personality Disorder

Disorders - Borderline Personality Disorder
Written by National Institute of Mental Health   

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual's sense of self-identity. Originally thought to be at the "borderline" of psychosis, people with BPD suffer from a disorder of emotion regulation. While less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), BPD is more common, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women.1 There is a high rate of self-injury without suicide intent, as well as a significant rate of suicide attempts and completed suicide in severe cases.2,3 Patients often need extensive mental health services, and account for 20 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations.4 Yet, with help, many improve over time and are eventually able to lead productive lives.

Symptoms

While a person with depression or bipolar disorder typically endures the same mood for weeks, a person with BPD may experience intense bouts of anger, depression and anxiety that may last only hours, or at most a day.5 These may be associated with episodes of impulsive aggression, self-injury, and drug or alcohol abuse. Distortions in cognition and sense of self can lead to frequent changes in long-term goals, career plans, jobs, friendships, gender identity, and values. Sometimes people with BPD view themselves as fundamentally bad, or unworthy. They may feel unfairly misunderstood or mistreated, bored, empty, and have little idea who they are. Such symptoms are most acute when people with BPD feel isolated and lacking in social support, and may result in frantic efforts to avoid being alone.

People with BPD often have highly unstable patterns of social relationships. While they can develop intense but stormy attachments, their attitudes towards family, friends, and loved ones may suddenly shift from idealization (great admiration and love) to devaluation (intense anger and dislike). Thus, they may form an immediate attachment and idealize the other person, but when a slight separation or conflict occurs, they switch unexpectedly to the other extreme and angrily accuse the other person of not caring for them at all. Even with family members, individuals with BPD are highly sensitive to rejection, reacting with anger and distress to such mild separations as a vacation, a business trip, or a sudden change in plans. These fears of abandonment seem to be related to difficulties feeling emotionally connected to important persons when they are physically absent, leaving the individual with BPD feeling lost and perhaps worthlessness. Suicide threats and attempts may occur along with anger at perceived abandonment and disappointments.

People with BPD exhibit other impulsi...

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