Borderline Personality Disorder Specialist

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM -  - Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment

Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABPM

Mental Illness & Addiction Treatment located in Great Neck, NY

Borderline personality disorder is a very serious mental disorder that affects 1.4% of the population in the United States. If you or a loved one is experiencing intense episodes of anger, anxiety, or depression that greatly affect how you make your way in the world, Dr. Russell Surasky, FAAN, ABAM, ABPM, can help. Through extensive evaluation and effective treatments, Dr. Surasky gives his patients in Great Neck, New York, the tools necessary to better stabilize their emotions. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.

Borderline Personality Disorder Q & A

What is borderline personality disorder?

Borderline personality disorder is a very serious mental condition that impacts how you feel about yourself and others, to the point where it greatly affects all of your relationships and your ability to function on a day-to-day basis.

The condition often comes on in early adulthood, in both men and women, and emotional trauma, genetics, or abnormalities in your brain or your brain’s chemistry may be the cause.

The good news is that borderline personality disorder is highly treatable if you get the right help.

What are the signs of borderline personality disorder?

Borderline personality disorder involves your brain and your feelings, and every person experiences the condition differently. That said, there are some common characteristics, including:

  • Fear of abandonment
  • Poor self-image
  • Episodes of paranoia
  • Impulsive or risky behavior
  • Bouts of intense anger
  • Threatening suicide, especially in response to abandonment

Borderline personality disorder can wreak havoc on relationships, and since fear of abandonment is at the heart of the condition, and how you act out often causes people to abandon you, the cycle can be vicious.

While borderline personality disorder may include some symptoms of schizophrenia, including hallucinations and strong delusions, the two are separate conditions. An assessment by Dr. Surasky is the best way to narrow down your diagnosis in order to get the proper treatment.

How is borderline personality disorder treated?

In order to uncover the source of your problem, Dr. Surasky performs an extensive interview and analysis to start. Through his questioning, he gathers important information about your behaviors, your emotions, and your history.

If Dr. Surasky finds that borderline personality disorder is the issue, he first turns to psychotherapy to help you regain control of your life. There are different types of psychotherapy and Dr. Surasky chooses one that he feels will work best for your situation. The goal behind any therapy is to change harmful thoughts and behaviors and help you manage your emotions and handle stress more easily.

Depending upon the extent of your condition and whether you’re suffering from co-occurring disorders, Dr. Surasky may also recommend medications, namely antidepressants, to help you regulate your emotions so that you can get the most out of your therapy.

If you suspect that you or a loved one has borderline personality disorder, call Dr. Russell Surasky or use the online scheduler to request an appointment.