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September 7, 2009 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
They have the thinnest skin, the shortest fuses and take the hardest knocks. In psychiatrists' offices, they have long been viewed as among the most challenging patients to treat. They are the kind of people who drive a friend away for interfering and subsequently berate that friend for abandonment. But almost 20 years after the designation of borderline personality disorder as a recognized mental health condition, some understanding and hope have surfaced for people with the condition and their families.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Helen Mirren apparently has the "Body of the Year" at age 66. When she walks by, you can say "Daaaaaaaame!" ( Los Angeles Times ) Somehow "The Smurfs" managed to virtually tie the star-heavy "Cowboys & Aliens" at the box office this weekend. ( Los Angeles Times ) A giant statue of Marilyn Monroe is dividing the people of Chicago. Is it "terrific" or "creepy schlock"? ( Los Angeles Times ) The Kings of Leon are rescheduling shows after lead singer Caleb Followill melted down onstage in Dallas.
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HEALTH
September 7, 2009 | Shari Roan
They have the thinnest skin, the shortest fuses and take the hardest knocks. In psychiatrists' offices, they have long been viewed as among the most challenging patients to treat. They are the kind of people who drive a friend away for interfering and subsequently berate that friend for abandonment. But almost 20 years after the designation of borderline personality disorder as a recognized mental health condition, some understanding and hope have surfaced for people with the condition and their families.
NEWS
April 6, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Borderline personality disorder usually goes away over time, but patients can be left with lingering "scars" that continue to hold them back in life, according to a major study on the disorder published Monday. Borderline personality disorder is a severe condition marked by chronic difficulties with mood and emotional control, relationships and self-image. Therapists often dislike treating such patients because they seem to defy treatment at times. "[A] firmly entrenched pessimism about the prognosis of patients with BPD has persisted," noted the authors of a new study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1992 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A psychiatrist who interviewed Kevin Kolodziej the day after his arrest on murder charges testified Monday that the suspect showed no signs of schizophrenia or other psychosis. Instead, Dr. Donald Patterson said he diagnosed Kolodziej's mental state as a "borderline personality disorder," which the psychiatrist described as a less serious condition.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Helen Mirren apparently has the "Body of the Year" at age 66. When she walks by, you can say "Daaaaaaaame!" ( Los Angeles Times ) Somehow "The Smurfs" managed to virtually tie the star-heavy "Cowboys & Aliens" at the box office this weekend. ( Los Angeles Times ) A giant statue of Marilyn Monroe is dividing the people of Chicago. Is it "terrific" or "creepy schlock"? ( Los Angeles Times ) The Kings of Leon are rescheduling shows after lead singer Caleb Followill melted down onstage in Dallas.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes you come back to a series. "Six Feet Under" is not conventional summer fare, but there it is, high-octane psychodrama cycling through its last season on HBO, get it while it's hot: Billy (Jeremy Sisto) is off the lithium and freaking that he can't find his "Ski Iraq" T-shirt; George (James Cromwell) is getting shock treatments while wife Ruth (Frances Conroy) knits, slowly losing her mind. It all sounds like a Warren Zevon song.
NEWS
January 29, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A former crew member of the U.S. frigate Stark, charged with beating to death a Navy wife and her 3-year-old daughter, was suffering combat-related stress disorder after the ship was nearly sunk by an Iraqi missile, his lawyer said. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Walter Thomas Taylor, 22, charged with bludgeoning Paula Smits, 21, and her daughter, Amanda, with a hammer five days after the Stark limped home to its base at Mayport on Aug. 10, 1987.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1990 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State medical authorities are seeking to revoke or suspend the license of a Woodland Hills doctor they charge has a mental disorder that may render him unable to safely practice medicine. Dr. Edward V. Madey suffers from borderline personality disorder and has shown "impaired judgment . . .
HEALTH
February 14, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
The premise Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) dances for a New York City ballet company that is preparing for a production of "Swan Lake. " Stressed out by the competition to be the Swan Queen and smothered by a controlling mother (Barbara Hershey), Nina starts scratching and pulling off chunks of her own skin. She suffers from growing paranoia and startling delusions, including violent and erotic hallucinations involving her competitor Lily (Mila Kunis). On stage, Nina gives stirring performances as both the white swan and the evil seductress black swan.
HEALTH
September 7, 2009 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
They have the thinnest skin, the shortest fuses and take the hardest knocks. In psychiatrists' offices, they have long been viewed as among the most challenging patients to treat. They are the kind of people who drive a friend away for interfering and subsequently berate that friend for abandonment. But almost 20 years after the designation of borderline personality disorder as a recognized mental health condition, some understanding and hope have surfaced for people with the condition and their families.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes you come back to a series. "Six Feet Under" is not conventional summer fare, but there it is, high-octane psychodrama cycling through its last season on HBO, get it while it's hot: Billy (Jeremy Sisto) is off the lithium and freaking that he can't find his "Ski Iraq" T-shirt; George (James Cromwell) is getting shock treatments while wife Ruth (Frances Conroy) knits, slowly losing her mind. It all sounds like a Warren Zevon song.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1992 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A psychiatrist who interviewed Kevin Kolodziej the day after his arrest on murder charges testified Monday that the suspect showed no signs of schizophrenia or other psychosis. Instead, Dr. Donald Patterson said he diagnosed Kolodziej's mental state as a "borderline personality disorder," which the psychiatrist described as a less serious condition.
HEALTH
September 7, 2009 | Shari Roan
The primary treatments for borderline personality disorder are behavioral strategies, such as dialectical behavioral therapy, which University of Washington psychologist Marsha Linehan devised almost two decades ago. In this approach, the patients acknowledge that they have damaged their relationships while learning to regulate their emotions and change their most destructive behaviors. It takes time and effort. "It's very active. It's not talk therapy," Linehan says. Instead of just talking about the fact that she is always arguing with people, for example, the patient has to try to find something to agree on with someone she is arguing with.
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