What’s the difference between ‘Borderline Personality Disorder’ and ‘Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder’?

For diagnosis some parts of the world use the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), now in version 5, while other countries use the ICD-10, the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). The DSM classification use the term Borderline Personality Disorder, however, the ICD-10 calls the similar presentation Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. This then has a Borderline sub-type and an impulsive sub-type. So professionals have slight difference in views, mainly around the importance of impulsivity as a key feature, however, it’s useful to know there are different terms when looking for resources.

> Why am I asked to pay in advance of my session?

We allow for online payment in advance as our sessions are limited, and our costs including therapist time and consulting rooms are committed in advance.

Sessions can be changed or canceled up to 7 days in advance, but after that full payment is due as the session cannot be re-allocated to another client on the waiting list.

If you prefer, you can also pay on the day of your session by debit or credit card, cash or bank transfer.

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> What if I need help between sessions?

Storm’s Edge Therapy is not a crisis service, but rather the space to work on reducing the number of crises and impact these have in your life. We do not offer crisis interventions; nevertheless, we will make a Crisis Plan if needed. This involves identifying triggers, potential interventions and resources that may help.

Therapy itself can, from time to time, be unsettling so a plan for support is an important part of a successful process.

> Can I terminate therapy at any point?

Yes, you can choose to finish your therapy at any point. This is for you and you are in control of the process.

You and your therapist will have a dynamic plan designed around your needs. Therapy is a resource aimed at helping you with your struggles for as long as needed and no longer. Therefore, the ending will be planned according to treatment progression.

It is crucial to realise that change can be difficult; therefore, there can be phase of resisting. Even when we desperately want to grow or resolve a problem, change can be overwhelming and staying with what you know seems easier. This is a natural, and sometimes necessary, part of the change process.

Please discuss any changes in the plan with your therapist.

> Can you prescribe medication?

Yes. A psychologist or psychotherapist cannot prescribe medication; however, your therapist can facilitate a consultation with our psychiatrist. This would be a separate appointment with a fee dependent on the presenting concern and if there is a need for a comprehensive assessment.