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23 Aug 2007

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
I have been doing my own bit of research of BPD and would appreciated if if you could advise whether BPD is more prevelant amongst people who spend some time in orphanages. The old story - we have taken in a young girl - she is 22 years old. At one stage serious red lights flashed in our marriage - just because of the young lady. After receiving wonderful advice from your readers I decided that no one is allowed to destroy my marriage or my personality. Fortunately X's behavior started changing towards my husband and for the past three weeks she just can't tolerate him at all. We thought she might be lesbian- just because she has never had any lasting relationships with males. When her friends vist they share a bed... I have however checked various websites and now realize that there might be other problems. Obviously she is not willing to go for phycological help.
Your input would be appreciated.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

That's a good question, and the really expert answer would be : I have no idea, and I don't think anyone else, does, either. I don't know of any research which would shed light on this question, either. This young woman sounds troubled and troubling, and indeed a potential risk to your marriage. I'm not sure why you would take her in or keep her in. Such personality disorders are notoriously hard to treat, even in the rare situation that the person acknowledges that she has a significant problem and needs treatment, and even if she cooperates fully with it. The average shrink would not find it easy to be helpful, only very experienced ones might be able to help, even in the best of circumstances.
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