Borderline Personality Disorder (cont.)
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Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis
There is no specific definitive test, like a blood test, that can accurately assess that a person has borderline personality disorder. Therefore, practitioners conduct a mental health interview that looks for the presence of the symptoms previously described. The professional also usually asks questions to explore (screen) whether or not other emotional problems like clinical depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse, dependence, and/or other addictions are present. Mental health professionals will also likely explore whether the individual is a safety risk by having homicidal thoughts, suicidal thoughts, or other thoughts of self-harm. As certain medical conditions can influence how BPD manifests (presents), the mental health examiner will likely refer the individual for a complete physical examination and any tests they may need to better understand their medical situation.
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