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• Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Toledo (NAMI) • New Concepts • ProMedica Behavioral Health Services • ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital Pediatric Psychiatry • Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio • A Renewed Mind • Rescue Mental Health & Addiction Services • RFS Charitable Foundation • Unison Health • Zepf Center Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition characterized by difficulties in regulating emotion. This difficulty leads to severe, unstable mood swings, impulsivity and instability, poor self-image and stormy personal relationships. People may make repeated attempts to avoid real or imagined situations of abandonment. The combined result of living with BPD can manifest into destructive behavior, such as self-harm (cutting) or suicide attempts. People with BPD experience wide mood swings and can display a great sense of instability and insecurity. Signs and symptoms may include: • Frantic efforts to avoid being abandoned by friends and family. • Unstable personal relationships that alternate between idealizations – “I’m so in love!” and devaluation – “I hate her.” This is also sometimes known as “splitting.” • Distorted and unstable self-image, which affects moods, values, opinions, goals and relationships. • Impulsive behaviors that can have dangerous outcomes, such as excessive spending, unsafe sex, substance abuse or reckless driving. • Suicidal and self-harming behavior. • Periods of intense depressed mood, irritability or anxiety lasting a few hours to a few days. • Chronic feelings of boredom or emptiness. • Inappropriate, intense or uncontrollable anger – often followed by shame and guilt. • Dissociative feelings – disconnecting from your thoughts or sense of identity, or “out of body” type of feelings – and stress-related paranoid thoughts. Severe cases of stress can also lead to brief psychotic episodes. 17
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BULLYING LOCAL RESOURCES • Children’s Resource Center • Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services, LLC • Family Service of Northwest Ohio • Harbor Behavioral Health • Kobacker Center The University of Toledo Medical Medical • Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Toledo (NAMI) • ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital The Cullen Center • Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio • Rescue Mental Health & Addiction Services • RFS Charitable Foundation • Unison Health • Zepf Center Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school and mental health issues. They are more likely to experience: • Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
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