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Lawrence H Schwartz, MD
(206) 624-0296
1120 Cherry St Ste 240
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1949

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

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John Robert Brinkley, MD
500 Union St Ste 505
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1973

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Dr.Herbert Orenstein
(206) 623-7444
901 Boren Ave # 702
Seattle, WA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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John Edward Hamm, MD
(206) 622-9496
515 Minor Ave Ste 220 Ste 220
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1972

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Martin D Haykin, MD
(206) 624-3311
1020 Cabrini Tower 901 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: Swedish Med Ctr -Seattle, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Transactional Analysis NW

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Richard A Rosin, MD
(206) 699-1998
901 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southampton, Fac Of Med, Southampton, Uk
Graduation Year: 1988

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Daniel Aaron Kodner, MD
(206) 731-4840
325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1994

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Edward Birochak Jr, MD
(206) 682-4120
509 Olive Way Ste 847
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Med Ctr, Seattle, Wa; Swedish Med Ctr -Seattle, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: First Interstate Ctr

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Peter James Manos, MD
(206) 223-6600
1100 9th Ave
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1979

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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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