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When Fear Overwhelms You: Panic Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder

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The goal of this video is to help you identify panic attacks and panic disorder in yourself or loved ones to help you recognize when to utilize the affective regulation skills to help you.

Panic attacks and Panic disorder frequently co-occur in those with BPD, but there is something you can do about it. Research indicates that individual with BPD are at a greater likelihood to have early onset panic disorder symptoms.

Individuals with panic attacks and panic disorder, which we discuss in a moment, are also at a high likelihood to have higher instances of suicide attempts. These suicide attempts were lessened when the individual participated in affective regulation treatment. I’ll go over these skills once we’ve identified what panic attacks are and what panic disorder is.

A panic attack is typically an unexpected and quick surge of intense fear or discomfort that peaks in minutes, during this time you experience 4 or more of the following:

Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate.
Trembling or shaking.
Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering.
Feelings of choking.
Chest pain or discomfort.
Nausea or abdominal distress.
Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light-headed, or faint.
Chills or heat sensations.
Paresthesias (numbness or tingling sensations).
Derealization (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (being detached from oneself).
Fear of losing control or “going crazy.”
Fear of dying.

Those are the symptoms of a panic attack, but panic disorder includes:

Persistent concern or worry about having a panic attack and the consequence of having one.

You engage in maladaptive patterns related to the attacks, such as doing things to avoid having a panic attack, such as avoiding exercise or unfamiliar situations, or engaging in substance abuse or another unhealthy distraction.

Daniel J. Fox, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Texas, international speaker, and award winning author. He has been specializing in the treatment and assessment of individuals with personality disorders for over 15 years in the state and federal prison system, universities, and in private practice. His specialty areas include personality disorders, ethics, burnout prevention, and emotional intelligence.

He has published several articles in these areas and is the author of:

The Borderline Personality Disorder Workbook: An Integrative Program to Understand and Manage Your BPD. Available May 1, 2019, but you can pre-order it now at: https://goo.gl/LQEgy1

Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic Workbook: Treatment Strategies for Cluster B Personality Disorders (IPBA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award Winner): https://goo.gl/BLRkFy

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Toolbox: 55 Practical Treatment Techniques for Clients, Their Parents & Their Children: https://goo.gl/sZYhym
The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders: https://goo.gl/ZAVe9v

Dr. Fox has given numerous workshops and seminars on ethics and personality disorders, personality disorders and crime, treatment solutions for treating clients along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum, emotional intelligence, managing mental health within the prison system, and others. Dr. Fox maintains a website of various treatment interventions focused on working with and attenuating the symptomatology related to individuals along the antisocial, borderline, narcissistic, and histrionic personality spectrum (www.drdfox.com).

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Turnbull, D.L., Cox, B.J., Oleski, J., Katz, L.Y. (2013). The effects of borderline personality disorder and panic disorder on suicide attempts and the associated influence of affective dysregulation in the general population. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201: 130-135.

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