BPD & Parenting


This is so informative, thank you.

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Although there is no concrete evidence indicative of the exact cause of borderline personality disorder, various theories have been supported.  Most theories are related to childhood and parenting, but overall the available evidence points to no one definitive cause of BPD. Instead, a combination of genetic, developmental, neurobiological and social factors, evidently contribute to the development of BPD.


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Family studies suggest that first-degree relatives of borderlines are several times more likely to show signs of a personality disorder, especially BPD, than the general public.  It is unlikely that one gene contributes to BPD; instead, like most medical disorders, many chromosomaloci are activated or subdued, probably influenced by environmental factors, in the development of BPD.  The latest research strongly suggests that BPD may be at least partly inherited, parent and child may both experience dysfunction in cognitive and/or emotional connection.(Kreisman, 2010).


Developmental Roots; The Parent-Child Relationship

Developmental theories focus on the…

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Prostate Cancer Kills: Everything A Man Should Know


Great advice and information, recommended reading for all males

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In the last twenty years, the number of young men diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased by over six times. Although in times past, prostate cancer affects mostly older men in their 70’s and 80’s of which the cancer grows slowly in them.

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Older men who were found to have early-stage prostate cancer usually die from other non-cancer related causes.

It’s quite different for the younger men because attention is paid to the older folk as they are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease and as such prostate cancer is more aggressive and extremely dangerous in this group of young men due to self-negligence in going for prostate-specific-antigen, PSA and rectal exams until the recommended age of fifty-years.

This unconscious act makes the prostate cancer more aggressive when it is finally diagnosed in men younger than fifty-five-years because the cancer would have already progressed to a late-stage and is…

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Autism is largely down to genes, twins study suggests


Original post from BBC Health

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Individuals with autism have less activity in the amygdala (shown in red), which plays a key role in processing emotions

Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.

The King’s College London team said 181 of the teenagers had autism, but the risk was far higher in identical twins where one twin had autism, as they share the same DNA.

The researchers told JAMA Psychiatry that hundreds of genes were involved.

But they do not rule out environmental factors.

Both twins in each pair had been raised by their parents in the same household.

Increased awareness

Autism can be tricky to diagnose. It is a spectrum of conditions rather than a single disorder, and its severity can vary widely from person to person.

Researcher Dr Francesca Happe said, although not perfect, all the evidence pointed to genes playing a bigger role in autism than previously thought.

“Our findings suggest environmental factors are smaller, which is important because some parents are concerned whether things like high pollution might be causing autism.

“Some people think there might be a big environmental component because autism has become more common in recent years but that’s happened too fast for genetics to be a probable cause.

“The main consensus now is that the rise in diagnosis has more to do with increased awareness of the condition.”

Full lives

Dr Happe said what might have been labelled as a learning disability in the past was now being correctly diagnosed as autism.

She said lots of scientists were working to determine which precise genes were involved in autism and whether they were inherited.

“There may be perhaps hundreds of genes that contribute to autistic traits,” she said.

Dr Judith Brown, of the National Autistic Society, said: “Autism is a highly complex story of genes not only interacting with other genes, but with non-genetic factors too.

“This large population-based twin sample is significant because it helps us to understand much more about the role genetics play in autism and opens up the possibility of whole families gaining a better understanding of a condition they may share.

“However, we are still a long way from knowing what leads to autism.

“What people with condition, their families and carers need most of all is access now to the right kind of support to be able to lead full lives.”

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Autism

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What is autism?

  • Estimates suggest one in 100 people in the UK has autism
  • Four times as many boys as girls are diagnosed with autism
  • The number of diagnosed cases of autism has increased during the past 20 years, reportedly because of more accurate diagnoses
  • There is no cure, but a range of interventions is available.  ……………..’