Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

The Emotional Turmoil of Borderline Personality Disorder

What do you think of when I say “borderline personality?” Someone who is changeable? Someone who is moody? If so, you are right. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is often one of the most difficult disorders for families, caregivers, friends, and associates to deal with on a daily basis. The ups and downs can take such an emotional and psychological toll on families and friends that most individual with BPD end up alone, divorced, separated, or hospitalized. As a result, BPD is often misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder.

The most problematic feature of the illness is the black/white, off/on emotions. I once worked with a young girl with BPD and every session she was a different person, with different problems every time. One session she came in upbeat, happy, and quite enamored with me as her therapist. She was having problems with her boyfriend who threatened suicide. His emotional chaos prompted her emotional chaos. Relationships involving an individual with BPD often include:

  • Irritability; pervasive mood change(s)
  • emotional chaos
  • disconnectedness
  • paranoia
  • rage and anger, often unnecessary
  • hyperactivity or nervousness
  • fear of abandonment
  • clingy one moment, distancing another moment
  • easily angered or frustrated
  • outbursts or impulsivity

The list is exhaustive! For more information and a very good video on BPD, visit my sister-site PsychCentral.

Take good care of yourself.

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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