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Frederick Lemere, MD
(206) 624-8471
509 Olive Way Ste 662
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1932

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Arnold Jay Frank, MD
(206) 624-6454
1007 Spring St
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Wa Coll Of Physicians & Surgeons, Seattle
Graduation Year: 1964

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Christopher Locke Dattan, MD
(253) 874-7000
1730 Minor Ave
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1977

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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
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 2000

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Stephen John Melson, MD
(206) 624-6454
1007 Spring St
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1968

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Mary Ann P Bolte, MD
(206) 731-2945
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1985

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Kenneth Newport Melman, 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: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1979

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Shubhada Kalidas Kode, MD
(206) 223-6762
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Bj Med Coll, Gujarat Univ, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Overlake Hosp Med Ctr, Bellevue, Wa; Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Virginia Mason Medical Center

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Janet Marie Berg, MD
(206) 343-9965
901 Boren Ave Ste 1020
Seattle, WA
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Psychiatry
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Hsi Hsuan Chen, MD
(253) 815-0750
720 8th Avenue South South
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Public Health And General Preventive Medecine
Gender
Male
Languages
Chinese, Other, Vietnamese
Education
Medical School: Natl Taiwan Univ Coll Of Med, Taipei, Taiwan (385-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1948

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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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