Dr Downey goes on to discuss how Rejection Sensitivity is measured. Not surprising, individuals who have BPD have a high level of rejection sensitivity as a result of the anxious expectation and concern and the resulting sense of threat that is activated by certain situations. Why is this important? Because by understanding the underlying reasons for the anger and rage that gets expressed by their BPD patients, clinicians can become more validating and empathetic in their approach to treatment, and ultimately more effective at treating patients with BPD.
Check out this video, an exclusive look at different psycho-therapeutic treatments for BPD on a clinical level. A “Clinical Roundtable” with panelists Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D., Frank E. Yeomans, M.D., and Jeffrey E. Young, Ph.D. (moderated by Kenneth Silk, M.D.) is a fascinating conversation about effective behavioral modification/treatment methods and why. The clinical understanding of BPD and related mental health disorders is constantly evolving; an exciting and hopeful time.
What people with BPD need most is HOPE. The HOPE that there is a treatment that will help them to live a life worth living. Early detection is key and the more stigma is reduced, the sooner people will learn about the disorder and get treatment.
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